“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
- I can always tell when it’s an election, because reporters call guys like me, and pretend that we have insights to offer. Here’s a sampling.
- On so-called negative ads: Former Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith interviewed me on Calgary radio, here, and she did a pretty good job. Me: “They may not like it, but it is the advertising they remember. It is the advertising that motivates them, and it’s the advertising that changes their minds.” So why won’t Trudeau do any? Beats me.
- On what to watch Thursday night: The GOP freak show or the Canadian leaders’ debate? Me: “I’ll be doing what everyone else will be doing — jumping back and forth and then when I get sick of Donald Trump I’ll stick to Canadian program exclusively.” Others polled here.
- Debate stories: There are a lot of them today, the debate being tomorrow. So, let’s interview folks who lost debates, like in this one! Interview those who won their respective debates? Don’t be silly. Now, where’s that beer and popcorn?
- Line of the campaign so far: Hands down, it’s this. Since they’re nothing but consistent, watch for Team Trudeau to speak about nothing else for two full days, and to issue an ad featuring an ad with Justin saying: “I’m Justin Trudeau, and the Conservatives want to talk about my pants. But I want to talk about your pants.”
- Premier opponent: It’s a proud Canadian tradition: when all else fails, attack another level of government! Does it work? Of course it does. When your opponent is insufficiently cloaked in sin, go after a Premier/Prime Minister of another stripe who is. It’s an all-Canadian pastime!
And it’s apparently working.
- KCCCC is back by popular demand! Well, okay. No one whatsoever requested that it come back. But I will endeavour to reprise it every single day of Long March 2015 – unless I’m getting married, or whatever. Those days I may take off.
- Winners and losers! To kick things off, let’s reduce complex political events to bite-sized oversimplifications, shall we? I mean, everyone else does it!
- Gold medal: Stephen Harper. He had a flawless launch, he looked “relaxed, forceful and confident” to a Liberal-leaning member of the punditocracy, and he even took questions from the media. This guy has done a few of these things, and it shows. Is greatly assisted, to boot, by HDS (Harper Derangement Syndrome), which has now reached pandemic stage.
- Silver medal: Justin Trudeau. His Day One was a bit of a disaster – instead of being where the media were, Trudeau was in a plane four miles up, eating pretzels. Being AWOL for the first part of the news cycle on the campaign’s most important day was stupid – and going all the way out for Pride was not particularly strategic, either, given that Hedy Fry has owned Vancouver Centre for two decades, and is in no danger of losing it, ever. Since that Day One flub, Trudeau has looked like he’s a man fighting for his life, which he probably is.
- No medal: Angry Tom. No questions from the media? No debate after agreeing to debate? No events for five days straight, and “conspicuous by his absence,” as CTV put it? At first, Dipper partisans defended the no-questions idiocy – and then, when they realized they were in trouble, they lied, and claimed Mulcair had to rush out to attend Flora MacDonald’s funeral (the funeral was hours later, and within walking distance). At first, they defended the no-events-for-five days thing, too – until it dawned on them that it looked arrogant, and suggested that NDP senior staff were worried about Angry Tom getting Angry, and making a mistake. So they hurriedly threw a Montreal event on the sked. All told, it has had a net effect of making the NDP campaign the loser so far. No bronze, just a DQ. (And don’t bother complaining, Dipper Trolls: plenty of folks agreed with this critical view!)
- Other stuff: I did a CITY-TV hit on the election, here. Also, later today, Danielle Smith is interviewing me for radio!
- Video of the day: Right here. This is the guy I want to win! (Cartoon reaction to clip and save here.)
- Photo of the day: This one, I presume from Vancouver. It doesn’t exactly scream Prime Minister, to me, but what do I know?
Check out the number of retweets and favourites. I’d say there’s a consensus Team Orange made a big error on Day One of the Long March, wouldn’t you?
Cue the Dipper Trolls who’ll argue that it was strategic and brilliant.
When historians look back on this one, they’ll observe that the winners knew it was a knife fight – and that the loser thought it was the McGill Debate Club.
First discussed here, was indeed real. Multiple confirmations.
The Cottage Coup would see The Pollster replace the Senior Strategist and the Campaign Manager. It was on its way to being realized, too. But then The Leader shut it down.
We could delight in the schadenfreude of all this – “Don’t trust him,” some said, shortly before the Senior Strategist giddily shredded decade-long friendships – but we won’t. His misery is only just beginning. Knives are sharp, memories are long.
No, the Cottage Coup all just comes down to one guy. He wrecked the Liberal Party a decade ago, and he’s now well on his way to doing it again.
It’s the birth of the Warren Child and the greatest day in Lisa K’s life!