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“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


Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

KCCCC Day 22: Election 42, as seen from Maine
Monday, August 24th, 2015

  

  • 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.

Today
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

  
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!

The Hot Nasties reunite after 35 years!
Friday, August 21st, 2015

They play I Am A Confused Teenager! They’re not teenagers anymore! The Palma Violets sort of like this song! Four people were there to witness history!

KCCCC Day 19: bits and pieces, this and that
Friday, August 21st, 2015

  

  • Deyz Nutz: The fictional presidential candidate is the only politician I’ve heard my kids talking about. They think it’s hilarious. Having helped run a fictional candidate for Calgary’s St. Bonaventure Jr. High student council in 1976 – Herbie Schwartz – it’s hard for me to give them lectures about the solemnity or the dignity of the democratic process. Oh, and Herbie won in a landslide. 
  • Heard directly from Glen McGregor: “For the record, I’m not sure why you think I detest you.” Says the charming guy who gave out my home address for neo-Nazis to clip and save, blocks me on Twitter, is (according to several of his colleagues in the Hot Room) hatefully obsessed with Yours Truly, etc. etc.  Anyway, if I get half a chance, I’ll sue his ass. Will pay for the wedding!
  • Will the Dipper bubble burst? Reading this, you would have a tendency to doubt that. However, every campaigner I’ve spoken to has told me that all of this is the pre-season, and nothing is going to be happening until after Labor Day. So, we shall see.
  • The Duffy trial is still happening! And most of us still don’t care! Sorry, Official Ottawa!
  • Are polls for the birds? Well, some say they are. Personally, I think we have some outstanding posters in this country, people who are ethical and methodical. Ipsos, Nanos, Abacus, Mainstreet, et al., are among the best in the world, and we are well-served by them, methodological challenges notwithstanding.
  • Oh, yeah. The Hot Nasties are reuniting tonight. Here is the Palma Violets covering a Nasties tune in LA, with some old guy onstage with ‘em. Enjoy.

 

Lisa’s shirt today. Hopefully JUST today.

 

My good friend Glen wants to send me a wedding present
Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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That’s Glen McGregor, up there.  We are not huge fans of each other.

He’s apparently poking around, at the moment, asking questions about federal aboriginal work I’m doing.  I’ve done work for DIAND/AANDC for years, through three Prime Ministers and several ministers.  I’m proud of it.

How his editors could ever agree to assign Glen to do a story about Warren Kinsella is a bit of a mystery, but what can you do? Besides, I have a wedding to get ready for in 24 hours, and I’m determined this jerk won’t get away with what he clearly wants to do, which is wreck it.

Why does he detest me? Various reasons.  He published my home address in Frank magazine, after I wrote Web of Hate, thereby making it easier for neo-Nazis to find me and my family.  He didn’t like it when I complained about that, afterwards.

Anyway, for old time’s sake, here’s a post I did about Glen almost exactly two years ago.  I’ll bet he didn’t like this one, either.

I owe Glen McGregor a clarification, and perhaps even a correction. But I owe readers some context.

First, the clarification/correction. Back in June, McGregor – formerly of Frank Magazine, presently of the Ottawa Citizen – asked MP Eve Adams about expensing hair care products during the last election. Adams responded (smartly, I thought) on Twitter, and out in the open.

Later, McGregor decided to ask another MP, Michelle Rempel – who, like Adams, is young, telegenic, Conservative and female – about whether she also expensed hair care products. McGregor asked Rempel the question in the House of Commons foyer, as she was walking past.

Rempel kept walking, but then sharply turned and addressed McGregor. She was “not amused” by McGregor’s question, he later admitted. She asked McGregor if he had asked any of her male colleagues the same question. McGregor – perhaps feeling sheepish, perhaps not – acknowledged that Rempel’s question was “fair.” So he found some male MPs to ask the question.

Rempel later tweeted: “Thank you Glen, on behalf of all women in this place, for singling me out on first instance to ask me to comment on hair product expenses. In doing so, you no doubt, have inspired more women to run for office. And since you asked me to opine on this particular question, rather than my opinion on policy of the day, the answer is no.”

When I heard about how McGregor had dealt with Rempel, I thought it was plainly sexist. So did plenty of others, whether Conservatives or not. I also thought Rempel (like Adams) dealt with him in precisely the right way.

This week, I wrote a column about sexism in politics. I cited a number of examples. In one, I wrote that McGregor had asked Rempel about the hair care products she uses. McGregor read that, and called the Sun to demand a correction. He deserves one: he didn’t ask Rempel about the hair care products she uses. In fact, he asked her about expensing the hair care products she uses. So, again, I apologize unreservedly to Glen McGregor for my error.

I won’t apologize, however, for expressing the opinion that his question to Rempel was sexist. I still think it was, whether it was about hair care expenses or not. Rempel apparently thought the question was sexist, too. Her tweet makes that pretty clear, I think.

Now, here’s where the context part comes in.

Glen McGregor is one of the most ardent critics of Sun News. He tweets and writes critical stuff about the conservative TV network more than any other reporter, I would think.

McGregor is also no fan of Yours Truly. Back when he was with Frank magazine, and when me and my then-wife were the target of neo-Nazi threats because of a book I’d written, the magazine published our home address. The Ottawa Police said our lives had been placed in danger as a result. Later on, when we separated, McGregor wrote to me and said I was “silly” because I had objected to the fact that he knew details about our divorce, and was seemingly interested in publishing them.

More generally, I think Glen McGregor is a real piece of work. He was at Frank when the magazine published its now-infamous “Deflower Caroline Mulroney” contest. At the time, Mulroney was a teenager. When her father (appropriately, I thought) admitted he’d contemplated taking a baseball bat to McGregor and crew for their “contest,” a member of McGregor’s family said that Glen was owed an apology.

Anyway, that’s the context. A picture of Glen McGregor – a former strip club disk jockey – emerges out of all that. It says a lot more than I ever could.

But is he owed a correction and apology for my big error? Yes, he is.

Now, he can clip it out, and put it in a file next to the “Deflower Caroline Mulroney” contest stuff.

 

KCCCC Day 17: on loose cannons
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

  

 

The best cannon.

 

I meet up with an old friend in Maine 
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

I attracted several worried stares, but I cared not. Friendship comes first.

Butts told me I wouldn’t be green lit because I was “too controversial” (updated twice)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

…that’s what I thought about when I heard about Justin Trudeau’s prize candidate Ala Buzreba.

And then I thought: I wouldn’t want to be a candidate for a party that refuses to expel someone like this. 

Oh, in that last one? She’s expressing regret that the mother of a supporter of Israel didn’t have a back alley abortion. Nice. 

   
   

UPDATE: And she’s gone. Au revoir. Bet they found more hate. All the trolls in comments still want to defend her, now?

UPDATER: I am reliably informed she wasn’t fired – she decided to quit on her own. Good for her. Which means Team Trudeau had decided to keep her as the candidate – and, ipso facto, they didn’t think her words were a big deal. Wow. 

KCCCC Day 16: this week’s Hill Times column
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

  
KINGSTON – ‎If there is anything remarkable about campaign 2015, it’s that it isn’t remarkable at all.
Despite all the Sturm und Drang about Nigel Wright’s testimony, or the leaders’ debate, or ‎the attack ads, nothing seems to be registering.

It has been a meandering, vague sort of affair, one without a centre. It’s the Seinfeld campaign‎, to invoke a Nineties cliche.

1984,1993 and 2006 were about throwing the bums out. 1988 was about an actual issue. 2008 and 2011 were about Tim Hortons vs. Starbucks. 1997, 2000 and 2004 were about ‎sticking with the Known over the Unknown.

2015? It’s about nothing, so far.

The New Democrats, flush from the victory in Alberta and a fistful of promising polls, had been dreaming about redecorating 24 Sussex. They seemed confident, even cocky.

Not so much anymore. The NDP war room has been AWOL from the start – and Tom Mulcair has sounded like Medicated Tom, not Angry Tom. His debate performance was the worst of all the leaders. And his party has badly stumbled over controversies involving candidates, on everything from keeping oil in the ground, to accusing Israel of war crimes.

The Liberals, meanwhile, needed a solid debate performance by Justin Trudeau, and he gave them one. In the days following the debate, however, Trudeau made two critical errors ‎that undercut whatever he achieved in the debate.

One, he fell into the hole the Conservatives and the New Democrats dug for him – with “just not ready” and “not up to the job,” respectively – and he commenced digging deeper.

Instead of changing the channel on the Tory/Dipper narrative, Trudeau embraced it. He attempted to answer the allegation, in TV spots and campaign appearances. “I’m ready,” he said, doing precisely what his opponents had hoped he’d do.

Departed Liberal guru Keith Davey said it best. “If the other guys says you’re fat,” the Rainmaker once famously observed, “Don’t say ‘I’m not.’ Say: ‘You’re ugly.’”
Trudeau’s second mistake was providing evidence in support of the attacks. At a campaign stop out West, Trudeau said: “We’re proposing a strong and real plan, one that invests in the middle class so that we can grow the economy not from the top down the way Mr. Harper wants to, but from the heart outwards.”

The Sun chain and the National Post had a field day with the “from the heart” line. The Sun even put Trudeau’s head on a Care Bear on its front page. Later, no less than the CBC got in on the act, and some Liberals started to privately wonder if they were witnessing a Stockwell Day of the Left. Will we now measure our GDP with hugs?

Define or be defined: nothing matters as much in politics as that. And, as long as Trudeau continues to debate the way in which his opponents have defined him, he will remain where he is – in third place.

The Conservative campaign, meanwhile, has not been without its challenges, the aforementioned Duffy trial among them. There has been the Oshawa Conservative MP inviting children to a fundraiser at a gun range – and there has been the spectacle of the Tory campaign battling with a provincial Premier over a pension plan, when said Premier’s name isn’t even on the ballot.

In the main, though, a campaign about nothing probably favours the Prime Minister. He knows that he is unlikely to ever win any Mr. Congeniality contests. But he is also likely grateful that the campaign has not turned solely into a referendum about him.

Instead, if there is anger, it has yet to crystallize around a single issue or theme. ‎Despite the predictions of the commentariat, nobody seems to be particularly angry about the fact that the campaign happened early, or that it is so long. They don’t seem to be angry about anything.

Here in Kingston, in a riding the Liberals have held for decades, the candidate is a mouthy, unintelligent former mayor. He has signs up around town, but they all seem to be on public land.

On Kingston’s privately-owned front lawns – and on lawns from Kingston to Kelowna – not many signs‎ are up. Nobody seems to be paying much attention to Election 42.

That may be because it is still Summer. That may be because the campaign so long.

My hunch: it’s because it is a campaign about nothing. And nothing is what Canadians are thinking about it.

The Haida Raven ring on my finger
Monday, August 17th, 2015

Soon to be replaced by another one. (Getting marriage licence this morning.)