Musings —10.01.2012 09:03 AM—
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak just announced that he won’t support the wage freeze bill. So, does that mean an election is going to happen, even though a year hasn’t gone by since the last one? Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath are blasé about that, apparently.
They shouldn’t be. If an election is held anytime soon, we will win. And, as I said to a Citizen reporter last night, Dalton McGuinty is consistently underestimated by the media and his opponents.
You’d think they’d know better, by now. But they don’t.
UPDATE: Some Lib commenters are worried. I like it when we are worried – I like it when we take our opponents seriously. Thus, my ten-point answer on why we will win.
1. The wage freeze, and efforts to contain the fiscal problem, are popular with voters. They know it’s necessary.
2. Hudak is very unpopular. His party is a rural rump – no urban strength any more. He is a huge asset for us.
3. Horwath remains an unknown. Detested by her own caucus. NDP dropping federally. She stands for nothing – nothing.
4. Federal Liberal leadership race will boost the Liberal brand in Ontario – it has already started, in fact.
5. McGuinty is consistently underestimated by his opponents. Try as they might, Horwath and Hudak cannot get anyone to hate him.
6. We have the biggest political machine in Ontario. It is well-funded, well-organized and solidly behind McGuinty.
7. Our team, which won in 2003, 2007 and 2011, has remained intact and united. It has grown, in fact.
8. No so-called “scandal” has implicated a sitting Liberal in any way, shape or form. Voters are skeptical of scandalmongering (eg. Harper won majority after being found guilty of contempt).
9. Campaign from the left, govern from the right. Chretien did that in similar fiscal circumstances. Didn’t hurt him, at all, did it?
10. The biggie: Horwath and Hudak will be pushing for an election a few months after the last one. Voters, and our team, will shred them for it.