“Warren Kinsella's book, ‘Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse,’ is of vital importance for American conservatives and other right-leaning individuals to read, learn and understand.”

- The Washington Times

“One of the best books of the year.”

- The Hill Times

“Justin Trudeau’s speech followed Mr. Kinsella’s playbook on beating conservatives chapter and verse...[He followed] the central theme of the Kinsella narrative: “Take back values. That’s what progressives need to do.”

- National Post

“[Kinsella] is a master when it comes to spinning and political planning...”

- George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV

“Kinsella pulls no punches in Fight The Right...Fight the Right accomplishes what it sets out to do – provide readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”

- Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics

“[Kinsella] deserves credit for writing this book, period... he is absolutely on the money...[Fight The Right] is well worth picking up.”

- Huffington Post

“Run, don't walk, to get this amazing book.”

- Mike Duncan, Classical 96 radio

“Fight the Right is very interesting and - for conservatives - very provocative.”

- Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory

“His new book is great! All of his books are great!”

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD

“I absolutely recommend this book.”

- Paul Wells, Maclean’s

“Kinsella puts the Left on the right track with new book!”

- Calgary Herald


Canadian Press did a roundup story on it, here. I think mine (with extra Blaney!) is way more interesting.

Still working on it:

  • Lisa Raitt: The former cabinet minister and current MP from the Greater Toronto Area stepped down from her role as finance critic Friday.  I know her and like her, which also almost certainly spells electoral doom (see Chong, above).
  • Chris Alexander. The former immigration minister, who lost his seat in the 2015 election, has made it clear in media reports he intends to run.  Barbaric practices? This guy’s candidacy is a barbaric practice.  Also, I have heard a tape recording of him from 2009 or so, bartering about becoming a Liberal.  Unseemly, among other things.
  • Adrienne Snow. A Toronto-based communications consultant, Snow was previously involved in several policy think-tanks.  Campaigned against same-sex marriage, among other things. Why is she running? We don’t know.  More importantly, we don’t care.

Thinking it over:

  • Kevin O’Leary. The popular TV personality and businessman first mused about running for the leadership earlier this year, but also said he is in no rush to make up his mind.  Please run.  Please, God.
  • Dan Lindsay: The former president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba formed a committee in the spring to explore a possible campaign.  Seriously.  He did that.  Here’s a story about him, directly opposite the comics page.


  • Tony Clement: The former cabinet minister dropped out of the leadership race this week, saying he did not want to expose his family to financial risk after his campaign fell short of fundraising goals he set when he launched his bid in July.  In this, he is smarter than the vast majority of the other candidates.  Full disclosure: I have a soft spot for him, because he likes punk rock.

Could be difficult.

Voters care most about (a) the leader (b) some of a party’s policies, and (sometimes) (c) whether a party or a politician has been there too long. That’s about it. So, can a series of bad nominations – this one comes to mind – torpedo an election campaign, and a political party?

Sure. Of course. And now, in a former leader’s riding, the PCs have a very young man who wants to keep fighting old fights.

This may not end well.

Some do. Some have.

We give you the Guild of Vampires at Postmedia. More cuts, more amazing journalists out of work.

Meanwhile, up in Ottawa, no one offers up a single word of objection.

He needed to look and sound presidential, and somehow walk back his lies about the election being “rigged.” He didn’t do any of that.

She needed to keep her cool, draw him out, and remind people why he is wholly unsuited for the most powerful office on the planet.  She did all of that.

I live-tweeted it, as before.  This is the one that got the biggest reaction – it’s been retweeted about 700 times, favourited twice as much, and seen by 70,000 people.  It represents what I feel, still.

So, here’s the Twitter play-by-play. Comments are welcome.

Before things got going, I did a sketch of the Hateful Human Cheeto.

I was nervous. I shouldn’t have been – although he was better in the first 30 minutes than he’s been in the past 13 months.

When she came out, wow. She looked like a million bucks.

I immediately got to work with highly-scientific analysis.

Fox News? Who would’ve thought it?

At first, Trump was doing better. Hillary wasn’t doing as well as she had done, I felt.

But then, he started rolling out the “illegal aliens” theme. He started to sound unhinged. I noticed. My readers noticed I noticed.

Half an hour in, his meds totally wore off. The mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, sniffling, combed-over, sphincter-mouthed sausage-fingered vulgarian was back, big time. And that’s how he was until the end – his worst performance yet.

She really started to lay into him. She used Sugar Ray’s technique against him – float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. It worked. He became more deranged. Sweaty, angry, disjointed.

As someone said, he even lies about his lies. People noticed.

I’m a democrat and a Democrat. I opposed Meech Lake because it was undemocratic. I don’t like prorogation, closure and whipped votes because they feel undemocratic. I didn’t like Trudeau’s electoral reform stuff because it was undemocratic (turns out he now feels the same way). I believe the will of the people – not the party leader, not the cabinet ministers’ – always comes first.

So, when he said what he said, my mouth literally dropped open. Other folks did likewise.

She therefore said the only thing that could be said, at that point:

He knows, and knew, he is losing. That’s why he is falsely claiming there’s electoral fraud. That’s why he’s a whining piece of crap. And he slipped, with this:

Always listen to your Mom.

I’m humblebragging, but folks seemed to like my selfless devotion to tweeted truth.

And who won? My readers, like me, had no doubt:

The election is over, but the ugliness won’t be. Get ready for lots more of it in the dying days.

And may I say that working on her campaign, with Lisa, has been just about the most rewarding experience of political career. Word.