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Warren Kinsella - THE WRECKAGE THE MORNING AFTER
 

"...[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

THE WRECKAGE THE MORNING AFTER 

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HA HA HA HA HA 

From another lurker at the Tory Tory convention:

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------Original Message------
From: XXXXXXXX
To: Warren Kinsella
ReplyTo: XXXXXXXX
Sent: Feb 23, 2008 5:15 PM
Subject:

He announced at the dinner tonight that he's staying!!!

Sent on the Rogers Mobility network




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SO WHAT DO WE ONTARIO LIBERALS THINK? 

Not much, I guess.

If they keep him, they will continue to be riven by internal dissent.

If they get rid of him, they will be riven by a leadership race.

Doesn't matter, either way. In 2011, McGuinty will beat Tory, or whoever they come up with. Simple.

(What I can't figure out is why John Tory, whom I still like, is putting up with this.)

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CP BULLETIN ON TORY LEADERSHIP REVIEW MESS 

URGENT Tory Leadership Review (URGENT-Tory-Leadership-R)
Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 23, 2008 18:34


LONDON, Ont. - Nearly 67 per cent of delegates voted Saturday to support John Tory's continued leadership of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.

Of the 1,308 ballots cast, 874 voted at the party's annual meeting against holding a review of Tory's leadership.

Tory called it a `large majority,' even though his critics had said he needed the support of at least 80 per cent of delegates to remain at the helm.

Tory said he is deeply grateful for the party's support, but that he will take some time to reflect on what's best for the party and for himself.

Earlier in the day, Tory made a last-minute pitch to the 1,200 delegates ahead of the crucial vote, urging the party faithful to unite and focus on defeating the Liberals in 2011.

He promised never to revisit his unpopular proposal to extend public funding to faith-based schools - a campaign pledge that dragged the party down during the October election.

(The Canadian Press)

INDEX: EDUCATION POLITICS RELIGION



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ANOTHER TORY TORY REVIEW UPDATE 

From a correspondent:

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Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:29:32 To:<wkinsella@XXXXXX
Subject:
Turns out everyone lost: 66.8% don't want leadership review .... Very low ... Joe Clark low. 874 = no ... 433 yes So in the best interests of party tory won't say if he will stay on. --------------

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How to make Joe Clark look decisive, in one easy lesson.
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JUST RECEIVED FROM A CORRESPONDENT AT THE TORY TORY REVIEW 

Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:03:18 To:<wkinsella@XXXXXX

Subject: Your friend ... Randy hillier got his wish.

Tory about to announce he's leaving, I suspect --------------

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UH-HUH. SURE. 

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FROM THE CONVENTION FLOOR 

(Oh, and I am not there. We decided we didn't want to be seen as kicking John Tory when he's down. Which he is.)

From a correspondent on the floor in London:

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Warren, attached is a scan of a list of Tory supports on a "No" flyer produced and distributed by Tory's Team. [I can't be bothered to attach it. WK]

Notably absent are Tim Hudak, Christine Elliott, Randy Hiller, Peter Shurman, and Jerry Ouellette. Is Randy Hillier is stirring up trouble, after all he said "I'm not in a position to support or not support (Mr. Tory)" in the February 13th Ottawa Citizen.

Is Jim Flaherty planning to push his wife, Ms. Elliott, to challenge the next leadership? Maybe Peter Shurman was turned off by Tory's epic u-turn on faith-based education funding? Is Jerry "NRA" Ouellette wants a shot at the Tory leadership?



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WE'RE BACK 

Netfirms totally suck. There's a reason why they are cheap, you know.

Apologies for the outage. Jay Currie emailed me to ask what happened, which was sweet of him, and I told him that it is all related to the international Muslim conspiracy. He seemed satisfied with that, as one would expect of a Steyn Saladin, a Keyboard Krusader, a Thick-headed Templar, a... [Enough already. Ed.]




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SECOND NATIONAL POST APOLOGY TO RICHARD WARMAN 

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A SHOW ABOUT BRIAN... 

...located through the magic of the inter-weeb.




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JEAN CHRETIEN AND THE ORDER OF CANADA 

Someone I know may have spoken to him just yesterday - I won't say who - and the most popular Prime Minister in the history of polling didn't say a word about this coming. Not a word.

I have received two dozen emails from folks who are more than happy about this honour being bestowed on him - they are moved by it. Sample from A. Sally: "This is just awesome. Proud day to be a Canadian. Love this guy."

(And, no, sorry - we can't convince him to come back. Well, okay...maybe we can convince him. But not Madame! Believe me, I've tried.)



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ALANNAH MYLES 

Just interviewed her - and, in 30 years of interviewing musicians, I can't recall one who was less guarded than she just was. She had interesting things to say about the National Post, too. (And her new CD was produced by Terry Brown - who has done both SFH records!)

Being an unreconstructed punk, I was never a huge fan of this genre, but here's her biggest hit - which is one of the biggest-selling records ever put out by a Canadian.



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ENOUGH, ALREADY 

In the United States, military folks have a degree of control over the political agenda that is often unhelpful, to say the least.

So, that said, can some please tell this loose-cannon soldier that this country has a civilian-run military, and that elected people will ask for his opinion when they want it?
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NO COMMENT 

Name: DXXX
IP Address: XXXXXX(XXXXXXX.ss.shawcable.net)
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; XXXXXX)
Email: XXXXXXXX@shaw.ca
Subject: Legal strategy?

Comment:

On Friday, February 22, 2008, 08:25 AM, DXXX wrote:

Mr. Kinsella, please do not use my name or identifying information.

I am a second year law student and have an interest in speech issues and defamation law particularly. I have been following your on-going battles with various conservatives about free speech and hate laws. While I tend to be a libertarian (something I do not tell many of my clasmates!), I admire your conviction in taking these people on, while I do not always agree with you.

When I saw the National Post's apology and retraction to Richard Warman (congratulations to the lawyer who obtained it, BTW, it is one of the more comprehensive ones I have ever seen), and the amount of prominence you have given to it on your blog, a thought occurred to me.

It is only a theory, and I know I can never prove it. However it seems to me that your "side," if I can call it that, has waited until the latest possible date to serve the various defendants. In the meantime, you (not Mr. Warman)have used your site to stir these people up, in the expectation that would repeat the libel and therefore add to the amount of damages your side would receive. Which all of them did, over and over, therefore making the libel even worse. This has greatly added to the size of Mr. Warman's claim against them.

Of course, I cannot prove this theory. But if it is true, congratulations on the strategy. If this case plays out like I think it will, Mr. Warman will owe you thousands!

Sincerely,

DXXXXXX



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