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My Conservative friend (yes, I have some) posted something noteworthy on Facebook. It was a picture of a sign bearing the words: STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS. In this week, the Kanye West week, it struck a chord.
…and the news is not good.
From just the past few days:
And so on, and so on. Increasingly, stories and opinion columns reflect three themes: (i) the Tories are up, (ii) the Dippers are up, and/or (iii) the Grits are down.
From the lofty heights of top spot – from an unchallenged lead in the polls for month after month – to now, a rapidly-diminishing third place. As the Globe guy writes, they are starting to look desperate, too.
My barber in Ottawa used to have a wonderful aphorism: when you have a problem and a solution, you have no more problem. When you have a problem and no solution, you have a way of life.
Trudeau’s problems are starting to look permanent. Per my barber, he needs to find solutions, fast. His problems, in no particular order, are:
The last two are the big ones. As I’ve predicted for some time, at the end-of-Summer caucus, there’ll be angry demands that Trudeau get better advisors, there’ll be demands that he get some advertising that finally goes after the shortcomings of Messrs. Harper and Mulcair, there’ll be demands he come up with two or three policy priorities and not a Martinesque laundry list, and there’ll be demands that he start listening to his caucus and candidates. Based on past behaviour, I predict he won’t do any of those things.
To me, the last two are the big ones, anyway. What is the strategy? What is the plan? To attack Harper? To attack Mulcair? To attack neither? Talk about tax cuts? Champion the middle class? Advocate for change? Who knows. In just the past few weeks, all of those things, and more, have been tried and discarded.
A former Liberal MP put his finger on the big problem. “What is Justin’s passion? What is the thing he wants to do?” the ex-MP said to me a couple weeks ago. “We simply don’t know.”
We don’t. With his father and Chretien, it was unity and a strong central government. With Harper, it’s economy and security. With Mulroney, it was free trade. With Pearson, it was internationalism. You may not like some of those guys, or any of their priorities, but you at least knew where they stood.
With Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, we don’t. And that, more than anything else, is why the headlines keep getting worse, with time running out.
Me, so I can hire a Yorkville plastic surgeon to eliminate those bags under my eyes! From tonight’s CITY-TV.
From the archives:
Because the media are in the shorthand business – and because social media renders everything bite-sized and/or stupid – some people have taken to comparing me to John Tory’s campaign manager, Nick Kouvalis.
I cannot believe I have to actually spend five precious minutes of my life on this, but apparently I do. So, as a public service, here are some of the ways in which I differ from Nick Kouvalis.
• Kouvalis has been charged, criminally, for making death threats. I have never been charged with anything, although I have received two speeding tickets in my life, for which I apologize.
• Kouvalis has been found guilty of several ethical violations by the professional marketing/polling organization to which he belongs. I have never been found to have breached any professional rules or standards whatsoever – although, I was on the executive of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association, which I suppose was punishment enough.
• Kouvalis has not written any books of which I am aware, and I do not know his educational background. I have written seven books and have degrees in Journalism and Law. The journalism one is from Carleton, however, which cannot be helped.
• Kouvalis brags about using dirty tricks – fake identities and whatnot – in election campaigns. I have written books in which I have said, among other things, that dirty tricks do not work – and I have fired youngsters who show up with same. I did, however, wave around a purple dinosaur on TV once to poke fun at Kouvalis’ friend Stockwell Day. I admit that.
• Kouvalis uses front companies to conduct “polls” to push voters one way or another. I have written books in which I have said that “push polls” should be banned, and that those who make use of them are hurting democracy. I am old-fashioned about democracy, in that I think it is a fragile thing, and worth defending.
• Kouvalis says that he is good at beating Liberals, and then went on to work for BC Liberal leader Christy Clark; he has said that John Tory wasn’t much of a leader, and then went on to work for John Tory. I, for my part, worked for many years for guys named Chrétien and McGuinty, and I have stuck by them, in good times and in bad.
• Kouvalis is friends with Rob Ford and ran his campaign in 2010. I considered Rob Ford to be a crack-smoking, baldfaced-lying, drunk-driving jerk who belonged in rehab, not the mayor’s chair.
There you go. Those are some of the key ways in which Nick Kouvalis and I differ. There are others.
Oh, and Mr. Tory? You and Nick deserve each other.
That’s what has been going on, politically, for the past while. That’s how it is in the Summer, usually.
That works best for incumbent governments. Nobody is paying attention, nothing to get too upset about. But when things start getting active in a month (and they will), then what?
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I’m unhappy because it’s rainy today and I washed my car last night. You?