Justice Kennedy’s closing paragraph this morning. Read.
“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
A few years back, when I was briefly helping Ignatieff, Dean del Mastro, Darryl Kramp et al. would take shots at me in the House of Commons. They’d do it there because they couldn’t get sued for what they said.
Eventually, Peter Milliken brought down the hammer on MPs using their Parliamentary privilege to slime private citizens – me and others. But, before he did, this is what I came up with for my good friend Dean.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed his perp walk, this afternoon.
New tune by SFH, starring Steve Deceive and Bjorn von Flapjack III. Posted because (a) we are punk rock stars and will be able to quit our day jobs soon and (b) I used some You Tube edit tools – lightening and stabilizing – and it looks worse as a result. Don’t try this at home, kids.
…it’s more or less consistent with other, recent, polls. There are a variety of reasons for it, some of which I’ve written about.
But – as I asked a couple Tories seen in Ottawa this week – my question remains this: “Did you guys do your job on Justin too well?”
That they have hurt Justin Trudeau’s reputation, and his party’s brand, is beyond dispute. But they have (as a result) facilitated some of Tom Mulcair’s growth, through neglect. So why haven’t the CPC done to the godless socialists what they did to Trudeau?
It’s Summertime, now, and nobody (apart from political kooks like thee and me) is paying attention to political stuff. So it will be hard to take Angry Tom down a peg or two. Bien sur. But the Tories – and the Grits – need to start doing it, pronto.
Here are the three themes I would start hammering at, over and over, until the Dippers are gasping for air:
Those are just a few of the ways Libs and Tories can get at the surging socialist horde. Got any others, Dear Reader? Comment away! Write your own attack ad! Write your own attack speech! Write attack talking points!
You have nothing to lose but, you know, power!
Here’s the three that bug me the most:
Ipso facto, when your campaign and/or candidate is reduced to whinging and mewling about “being quoted of context,” you will immediately know that you are toast. When you hear your colleagues saying stuff like: “If only people got to meet [candidate] in person, they’d see what a nice guy he is!”…you are going down in flames. And, of course, the worst one of all is building a campaign strategy that depends entirely on the other side blowing themselves up. For what, and when, and how, we know not. Just: “You’ll see! He’s going to self-destruct! Just wait!”
Question: which national political party is most often heard making these excuses, lately?
If the Liberal Party claims victory in the next federal election, Justin Trudeau says, his government would end Canada’s bombing mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and restore diplomatic relations with Iran, in a dramatic departure from the path taken by the Harper government on foreign policy.
“We’d move away from the CF-18 [bombing] mission,” Trudeau said in an interview with Terry Milewski on CBC’s Power & Politics. “This government has failed miserably to demonstrate why the best mission for Canada is to participate in a bombing mission,” Trudeau said.
Helpfully, the above statement was made on the same day this was released.
Operation Alienation wins again!
Twenty-five years ago today, Jean Chretien became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
That’s a younger me, above, with my Dad, who was there as the Chretien campaign’s physician at the convention. We are waiting for the results of the vote, which our guy would win handily in our Calgary hometown.
I’ve got crutches because I’d been hit by a car two days earlier. Eleanor McMahon and I were going to advance a meeting for The Boss, and a taxi driver got me. (“Was a Martin guy driving?” Chretien asked me that night, which made me laugh.)
It was a Day, and a Summer, of great change for me. A few days after his win, Chretien called me up to offer me the job of his Special Assistant. Against the advice of many – he’ll never be Prime Minister, they said! – I took the job. Nothing has been the same since.
I’m on my way to Ottawa as I write this, but I won’t be seeing my former boss. He’s out of town today, unfortunately.
If I’d seen him, here’s what I would have said: “You were the greatest leader. All your successors continue to make you look good!”
Twenty five years. Where does the time go?
The president said it. My gut tells me he shouldn’t have done so.
An older essay by comedian Jehmu Greene best explains why, on Fox News, of all places:
The idea that “nigger” is powerless is a somewhat nonsensical sentiment oft repeated by those who make their living slinging it. If the N-word is truly powerless then why do rappers use it to refer to their adversaries or why can’t white people use it?