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"...[Kinsella is] a modern-day Machiavelli, the mastermind who ran war rooms for Jean Chretien and Dalton McGuinty... He's the ultimate political insider... [The War Room] has plenty of fascinating insights and is a must-read for political junkies."

- The Toronto Sun

"The top Canadian spin doctor...tells all!"

- The National Post

"Warren Kinsella’s new book is a must-read for anyone interested in political campaigning in Canada. And not just political campaigning.…I wish I’d had the chance to read The War Room before I became Stephen Harper’s campaign manager; it might have saved me from many mistakes and months of painful learning on the job."

- Tom Flanagan, The Literary Review of Canada

"The War Room is a rich, detailed, and substantive primer on how to run a winning war room - warts, pizza boxes, smelly couches and all - from a master war roomer."

- The Hill Times

"Kinsella has crafted a handy little guide for politicos and non-politicos alike. Just keep it away from the kids."

- The Winnipeg Free Press

"... a great read ... full of fascinating stories..."

- John Moore, CFRB

"...I don't want to say [he's a] genius...but there's valuable insights here..."

- John Oakley, AM640

"I just got one copy, but I plan to get more!"

- John Wright, Ipsos, CFRB

"I do recommend [The War Room] to everyone."

- Charles Adler, Adler Online

"He's Canada's James Carville...a must-read...If you really want to win, you need this book!"

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD

"A fascinating book...full of great stories."

- Ken Rockburn, CPAC


WINNER? Stéphane Dion, who is about to launch his party’s election platform – maybe. I don’t know what’s in it, but I hope and pray – for his sake – that it talks a lot more about the economy, and less about the carbon tax. We shall see, eh?
WINNER: The Bloc. Because Duceppe is telling the truth: if you look at the seats in play, and do a bit of math, you will conclude – as I have – that the only thing that stands between Stephen Harper and a Parliamentary majority is the Bloc. So, if you’re a traditional Liberal federalist in Québec, what do you do? That’s what the French call a dilemme, n’est-ce pas?
WINNER: The CBC, for having Enright around. The irony, of course, is that it was the CTV’s Doskoch who heard the radio bit that was broadcast Sunday morning. (I slept through it, myself.)
WINNER: Big City Lib! According to National Newswatch and others, Mr. Murphy was the guy who located the evidence that led to the rapid disappearance of the Tory candidate in Toronto Centre! Way to go, Murphy! Now quit sending me snarky emails about the shifty, shifting Green Shift, you bastard!
LOSER: Garth Turner, who posted a “DEATHWATCH” banner alongside a photo of his main opponent, Lisa Raitt. Now, Lisa is a friend of mine, so I’m biased. But even if I didn’t know and like Lisa, I’d now think Garth Turner is an asshole. Still believe he deserves to win, my friend Curran?
LOSERS: The CBC and Canadian Press. I and many other hacks – red, blue and orange – believe CP and MotherCorp are going to be embarrassed, come Election Day, by the Harris-Decima numbers they’re trumpeting day in and day out. The gap is not that huge; there is no bloody way the Tories have that kind of a lead. If I’m wrong, I will eat humble pie on CITY-TV’s election panel. But I’m not wrong. (I think.)
WINNER: Candidate nudism – and it crosses party lines, too! In the Liberal Party, I can assure you, we have become accustomed to MPs and Senators who regard clothing as an inconvenience. Particularly in the Senate.
LOSERS: The NDP candidate recruitment process. But the news isn’t all bad - it gives us another opportunity to post the W@AL documentary about how the Dippers find candidates!

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