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  • Justin Trudeau has rolled the dice, big time. He says, if elected, he will run big budgetary deficits – $10 billion a year for three years.  
  • Why did he do it? I suspect he knows that – at this point, at least – he is running third.  Individual horse race polls notwithstanding, any credible synthesis of voting intentions suggest this thing is still between Team Orange and Team Blue. So he figured he had to make a bold move, and he did. 
  • When all else fails, go left. By just about every economic measure, Trudeau is now running to the left of Mulcair. And he has therefore commenced attacking the NDP leader for being an austerity-loving Thatcherite. Will it work? I don’t think so. 
  • First, Trudeau’s deficit pledge requires a fundamental reordering of our thinking on what the parties believe. It was always simple: Conservatuves on the right, New Democrats on the left, and Liberals in the pragmatic middle. Can the ideological underpinnings of a political party change? Of course. But only over a long period of time, with careful reflection and lots of consultation, and certainly not during the middle of an election campaign.
  • Second, it helps Trudeau’s opponents. The Conservatives have repeatedly attacked Trudeau for saying that budgets “take care of themselves.” The NDP has been frantically attempting to shift towards the economic middle. With one swift and decisive move, Trudeau has provided clear evidence in support of the Tory criticism – and has opened up a ton of centrist ideological breathing room for the Dippers. 
  • Thirdly, Trudeau himself is not the guy to push for budgetary deficits. One, it rekindles among older voters unhelpful memories about his father’s fiscal legacy. Two, it validates another NDP and Con  attack: namely, he is a rich trust fund kid who has never had to worry about paying a Hydro bill, or defaulting on a mortgage payment, or riding economy class. Ipso facto, people with lots of money never seem to worry too much about money. The rest of us, however, do. 
  • Could his deficit gambit work? Maybe. Perhaps. But at this point, it looks a bit desperate and is potentially reckless. It feels like he’s “done a Hudak,” as one of my readers put it. 

Justin Trudeau has rolled the dice – and only time will tell if he’s rolled snake eyes. 


     

    • As PE say, don’t believe the hype. In this case, that ridiculous Forum poll, which the Star has published and which you can find here. Repeat after me: IT’S FORUM. 
    • Polling has become somewhat less-than-reliable, as you may have heard. I have written about the phenomenon here. And Forum is noteworthy for getting stuff wrong, often. So – as Dipper pals who came to our wedding on the weekend said – the race is tight, and the real campaign doesn’t start until after Labour Day. Also, read this.
    • The guy in the white bathrobe for PM! I’m not sure what Ms. Freeland hoped to achieve in popping by that men’s club to protest a Conservative event that had already been cancelled. Because, whatever she wanted to achieve instead turned into the public debut of The Guy In The Bathrobe, who thereby became an Internet sensation. Oops. 
    • Why did she go to the men’s club? I strongly suspect she was trying to change the channel on this – the notion that she’d criticize my friend Jen Hollet for not being a mother. I don’t believe she’d do anything such thing. Not because I know her – but because (a) her campaign manager is a very very smart woman (b) it’s a McGregor story, and therefore highly suspect and (c) nobody could be that dumb, ever. 
    • Sexism was therefore a big theme on the campaign trail yesterday. The “men only” Conservative event was just as dumb as the now-notorious “women only” Liberal event that got Justin Trudeau in a world of trouble. Best take on it all came from my feminist partner, here.  [INSERT DEMOGRAPHIC]-only events are dumb dumb dumb. IT’S 2015, PEOPLE. 
    • Snap! Not sure how I ended up in this CTV process story, here - or how it’s in any way relevant which political parties follow which folks. I mean, who cares?


    Two things about Charles Mandel’s story, before I head off to the beach.

    One, I was delighted to read the insights of one Lisa Kinsella, formerly Kirbie, in Charles’ tale:

    Justin Trudeau is amazingly good at retail politics,” said Lisa Kirbie, who previously worked for Ignatieff and is currently a senior vice president and principal of the Daisy Consulting Group, an issues management firm in Toronto. “He has a likability and authenticity that Thomas Mulcair doesn’t have and a charm that is absent from Stephen Harper.”

    Two, I was really surprised to see what Michael Ignatieff, formerly Someone Important, had to say:

     “[Trudeau] is an actor, a professional politician who fully inhabits the role with a confidence that comes from having always known this was the role he was born to play.”

    “Trudeau is an actor”? A “professional politician”? That’s what Trudeau’s predecessor says? Way to script several anti-Trudeau attack ads, Iggy. 

    Wow. 


      

    • A nice young fellow from iPolitics got in touch with me this week. Some of my friends in other parties, too: Robin Sears, Will Stewart and Tim Powers. We were all asked what the parties should do post-Duffy and post-Labour Day. Here.
    • Those guys are smarter than me. Heed what they say. And here’s what they have to say. 
    • Robin Sears: “I think this long campaign was a very foolish mistake by the Tories.”
    • Will Stewart: With Duffy now adjourned until November, his Conservatives need to “start driving their own message again so they can stop addressing [Duffy] at every campaign stop.”
    • Tim Powers: “If part of [the NDP and Liberal] narrative is the government is old, it’s crooked, it’s gone against its core raison d’être, you’re going to keep [Duffy] going.”
    • Me? As you guys know too well, I think the only people who care about scandal stuff work in Ottawa or in the nation’s news rooms. They don’t care about Duffy nearly as much as politicos or journos do. They – living in the real world, as they do – think it’s still only about the economy, stupid. And, so far, no one has come up with the winning economic story, have they? Nope. 


     

    • The future is here. Lisa gave me an Apple Watch as a present. I have been lusting after one for months. So, I am writing today’s entry entirely on an Apple Watch! 
    • Don’t believe any of the nasty reviews you have read about it. It is totally awesome. I have now fully morphed into a crewmember on the Starship Enterprise. Hopefully not one in the red tunic.
    • Nanos alert! Today’s big news is Nanos, natch.  After clawing and scratching at each other for months, the three main parties are allegedly in a deadlock. What does that mean? It means advertising will intensify after Labor Day, and things are going to get very nasty.
    • It’s the economy, stupid. The other big news? The economy. The markets went crazy yesterday, and things are looking decidedly dodgy again. Who benefits most from that? From my perch, none of the parties seem to have a handle on the right message.
    • The debate that needed to happen. The women’s debate isn’t happening. As someone who just married a feminist whose wedding planner was female, whose reception restaurant was owned by a female, whose photographer was female, whose DJ was a female, and who helps me to be a better Dad and son and guy, I think that is a big mistake. Trudeau and May should go ahead anyway. The other two will regret their decision. 
    • There you go! This is probably the first web posting that you have ever read composed entirely on an Apple Watch! Don’t you feel excited? You should. Now, sell your car and go out and buy one.


    Written by Pierre and me when we were 17 or so; reprised here, 35 years later. We had a very positive view of the future, as you can see.

    When I see the faces going by me
    And I feel the screams inside of me
    And I wonder what they’re thinking now
    And I wonder if they think at all

    Why, why, do they?
    How, how are they?

    They say that the times are a-changin’ now
    And they say that things are better now
    And I see the paper every morning
    And I think I like the comics best

    I see the way they fucked my world
    And I think I love my world
    And I want to kill all of them
    And I know that that’s their master plan

    I am tired and there’s hate inside of me
    And I wonder why they murdered me
    And I wish I could start all over again
    For I’m 18, and I’ve given up


    I can resume my career as a beach sketchbook artist. Later. 

      


      


      

    • So, we got hitched down by the ocean. Nothing fancy, lots of family and friends, Hot Nasties reunion, lobster, weather was great. And I got to marry my best friend. Not bad. 
    • Kind messages were received from Jean Chretien, John Turner, Kathleen Wynne, Dalton McGuinty, John Tory and Laureen Harper. Thoughtful words sent along by lotsa other folks, too, of every political persuasion. 
    • In attendance at the wedding? Politicians, politicos, hacks and hackettes. And, between courses, there was a lot of gossip about the election taking place back home. Here’s a sampling of observations, synthesized. 
    • “It’s a bit like an American election.” Down here, primaries and general elections go for month after month after month. There’s tons of advertising, intermittent debates, and very little public attention paid to the proceedings. Sound familiar? 
    • “It’s the pre-season. Nobody’s paying attention.” Unless and until there is something to persuade them to pay attention – like an exciting candidate (Obama 2008) or a candidate to be angry about/with (Trump 2015) – Joe and Jane Frontporch are much more preoccupied with soaking up the last of summer’s rays, or getting the kids ready for school, or whatever. They simply have not clicked in to this election.
    • “Trump represents a new kind of politician, like Rob Ford.” They are angry, populist, and they say whatever pops into their tiny craniums. But there is clearly a constituency for what they are saying, and how they are saying it. In the Canadian election, there is no one like them. Harper is the incumbent, Trudeau has spent more time at 24 Sussex than Harper has, and Mulcair is fully a part of the Central Canadian Establishment, however much he denies it. So who gets the growing Angry Vote?
    • “He’s running for the bronze.” The many Grits in attendance wish it were otherwise, but none of them thought that Trudeau was going to be prime minister, and a surprising number don’t think he is going to be leader of the opposition, either. There’s a sense that he had a good debate, he’s a great retail politician, but he has no message. None. 
    • Anyway, gotta go. Got a tent to take down, and the remaining rentals to take back. It’s a bit foggy still, but we wish you were all here with us later on, to have a drink down on the beach, and talk politics. Have a terrific day back home. See you tomorrow.


      
    No KCCCC today. Getting, you know, married. 

    That’s me and my gal before the Red Sox game this week. She makes me pretty happy. 

    She is smart and sensitive and strategic and strong and sexy. She is brilliant and beautiful. She is fun and funny and fabulous. She is my best friend, and she still takes my breath away when she walks in the room. 

    In a few hours we get hitched, with all our six kids and family and friends and assorted punk rockers there for the party.  Wish all of you were, too. 

    Today, Kinsellabration!