That all said, the spot reminds me of Willie Horton. That, too, enraged the chattering classes and progressives. But those weren’t the folks Willie Horton was aimed at – and, in the end, Willie Horton worked with the American voters the GOP were courting.
Bottom line: most of the job in politics, now, is simply getting people to pay attention. My hunch is that the hue and cry about that CPC/ISIS/JT ad has helped to achieve the mission’s key objective: i.e., to get the electorate to pay attention in the sleepy Summer months and agree, yet again, that Justin Trudeau “just isn’t ready” to deal with the horrors that seemingly occur daily in this world.
That may make you mad. But it’s unlikely you were ever part of the audience the CPC had in mind when they did the thing up on some staffer’s computer, for about ten bucks.
Can someone explain the strategy to me, here? As I’ve written before, this is the kind of issue that could seriously derail the NDP’s upward ascent. Why the Hell didn’t they just pay the money back when they had the chance?
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.