12.20.2011 02:21 PM

“Stupid bloggers”

That’s what Leader-for-life Bob Rae called me, recently. I had thought (nay, hoped) he was referring to me, personally, but it may be that the Supreme Leader was also referring to all bloggers.

That can be the only logical explanation for this, which is stupider than dinosaurs, and just about as modern.

40 Comments

  1. William says:

    Not the smartest move for a party trying to rebuild and reach out to the grass roots.

    I sense they will reconsider.

  2. frmr disgruntled Con now happy Lib says:

    You know my feelings on Mr Rae, who I feel is doing a bang up job currently, but I have to agree….this is really stupid…..if we are going to have an open and honest discussion about the future direction of the party, and to make the Liberal party open and accessible to all, all voices must be heard…..bloggers included…..Dont just talk the talk, Mr. Rae, walk the walk……

    • MCBellecourt says:

      Then send him an e-mail saying what you said here. Let him know that it is never a good idea to alienate any voter–whether they blog, smoke tobacco, or whatever else.

      Because it isn’t.

  3. Philippe says:

    Totally agree Warren. Sounds like something Conservatives would do but would never expect that from Libs. Media accredited… Jesus what is this 1950? Independent bloggers & social media activists *are* the new media. Someone with too much grey hair somewhere came up with this lunacy.

  4. Ted H says:

    Warren, I think you should go easy on the Liberal Party and don’t give Conservative shills like Stephen Taylor any excuse for crocodile tears. Why would they want people like him there anyway?

  5. billg says:

    Bob Rae rescued the Liberal Party from extinction? What great news.
    And Ted H….aren’t we all shills?
    Lib Blogs and Blogging Tories are becoming one of the best ways to get more then just the news, they provide a hard core opinion thats missing in the media, why would the LPC not want that?
    And can someone please keep me posted on Bob Rae’s next miracle?

    • frmr disgruntled Con now happy Lib says:

      Hey, we just recently raised a little over a million bucks in 12 days…..if that isnt bordering on miraculous for a party that some claimed, kaff, Newman, kaff, was in its death throes, I dont know what is……

  6. Neil says:

    I am thinking and thinking and I can’t come up with even one reason (let alone good reason) to do this. It is stupid on every level. “Dumb as a bag of hammers” comes to mind

  7. james curran says:

    Awesome renewal taking place at that convention in January. Let’s see.

    Mike Crawley is running for president. Already had his kick at the can for 6 years as LPCO president.

    James Morton is running for VP-English. Already had his chance when he held the second highest position in the land as co-chair (with my buddy Apps) of the Counsel of Presidents.

    Maryanne Kampouris is running for VP Policy. Currently is VP Policy for LPCO. The same LPCO that is currently in violation of its own constitution thanks to the management committee (of which she belongs).

    So you see folks, the last thing the Party needs are bloggers like us that might spread the truth once in a while. What they really need is the same old place holders – that have overseen the constant decline in electoral fortunes – holding their same old places. This cycle, of course, meets somebody’s definition of insanity.

    • Alex Cameron says:

      We need Blogers who will write about how awesome we are.

      Wouldn’t it be nice to elect a president who is combative, and attack dog, and fearless?

      How about someone who’s won an election(s), fundraised? like say Copps

      The game has changed and we need a tough MF leader who will kick ’em in the nuts and laugh at them everyday.

      We need a scrappy tough guy leader with scrappy tough friends who won’t complain about procedure.

      He redacted documents! – it’s pathetic

      • James Curran says:

        Listen pal. You can have all the tough guy leaders you want. Without the membership that leader is dead in the water. Even General Patton still needed soldiers. Until this party quits screwing its members and its constitutions (and now its bloggers) its going nowhere fast.

        • The Doctor says:

          Good post, James. Otherwise, that leader is like that dude in Monty Python & the Holy Grail, with no arms or legs and claiming to be really really tough etc.

  8. Riaz Khan says:

    I am writing this from Saudi Arabia and what a place to read this Dumb move by the LPC… I hope and pray that they will change their mind. The LPC must open the tent wide enough to allow as many Canadians as possible to enter the LPC. If the trend continues in the global economy, Canada will face the ugly recession and it will be Mr. Harper whose fate will be decided on that. But the groundwork for that happen where people change their vote from Mr. Harper to LPC must start with openness.

  9. MCBellecourt says:

    Hooooo boy.

    As I said earlier, everyone should send Rae an e-mail and state the case of the value of having skilled bloggers on your side. Rae should know unequivocally that the Liberal Party cannot afford to engage in snobbery and petty infighting over things like this.

    We need all the voters we can get, and the meeting of minds should have started long ago.

    It’s gotten bigger than the mere humans that make up the Liberal point of view. The issue is whether we are willing to let things like this stand in the way of getting our Canada back from the most destructive and dictatorial shit government I have had the displeasure of witnessing in my life.

    Hatchets need to be buried, and quickly.

    • MCBellecourt says:

      Addendum: We as Liberals need to ask ourselves if we can afford to let the ineptitude of the NDP carry on the way it has. Jesus H. Christ. That party’s a f***in’ mess. We can’t afford to miss this golden opportunity to take advantage of that f***in’ mess, because it ain’t gonna last forever.

      Enough of the kid stuff, because what Harper is doing to our country requires the maturity that I know our party is capable of. Like it or not, Harper has declared war on all opposition parties, and in order to defeat Harper, we need to stand together as warriors. It’s now or never.

  10. Riley Robertson says:

    I don’t think blogs have that much influence because of confirmation bias. People who are already Liberals read Liberal blogs, Cons read Con blogs, etc. I don’t think a lot of minds are changed. The danger is that this policy shows up in the mass media and becomes the story. Party members might decide on a leader, but all voters decide the election and hardly any of them are party members or even donate money to parties. It’s all BS until we change our electoral system to at minimum a preferential voting system. Right now our system produces phony results, phony governments and unhappy voters.

    • Warren says:

      I get a lot of Conservatives.

      • Riley says:

        You do, Warren and I hope change some votes and maybe you do but I think most Conservatives are trying to agitate. Not saying blogs are useless (I think they help get some good talking points out there to supporters who then bring them to pubs and Christmas dinner tables but that’s an indirect route… Maybe I just changed my own mind on the subject!)

  11. tim says:

    Warren, if I’m not mistaken, this was your stance about two or three years ago; that blogs were irrelevant?

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