Musings —04.02.2010 07:54 AM—
- Who’s winning? Well, no one, actually. As I told the Globe’s lovely and charming Gloria yesterday, the Harper Reformatories can’t get anywhere near majority territory – and the margin, still, is more or less the margin of error. If folks are feeling good, it’s because of the weather. Not what’s happening, or not happening, in Ottawa.
- Which leader leads? I don’t put much stock in online-only polls: they sacrifice random sampling, and therefore accuracy, for lower costs for the pollster. That said, Ignatieff clearly needs to address the fundamentals, here – and, in particular, with women voters. Losing further ground with Canadian women would be very, very unhelpful.
- The Google Rule: Too many politicos, of all stripes, do the kind of stupid stuff “Happy Fingers” Guergis’ staff did. They’ve been doing it for a long time, in fact. In the digital age, however, it’s very risky behaviour – because a one-second Google search will tend to expose you.
- Coulter’s cabal: Gerry Caplan pens an important column about how assorted extremists who – as Jim Keegstra, Ernst Zundel and assorted others did before them – profess to be preoccupied with “free speech,” when their main preoccupation is the freedom to propagate hate against pretty much everyone else. Worth reading.
- The Creba verdict: The tragic death of this young woman didn’t just change Toronto, as the Star headline suggests – it changed the country. After that terrible day, my friends at Ipsos subsequently showed, Stephen Harper took the lead over Paul Martin – and he never looked back, ending 13 years of Liberal rule. The income trust issue was not what defeated the Liberal government – it was law and order. And if the issue is law and order, conservatives always tend to win.
- Happy iPad weekend! My kids will be in Ottawa this weekend – so I will be road-tripping Stateside, to line up and purchase Apple’s latest gadget for me and one of my many lawyers. Watch this here web site for regular updates and W@AL instalments about my quest. I’m betting I won’t get one – but it’ll be entertaining to try.
- Finally, from my friend Rachel, currently in France – the definition of redundancy: