It sure would be interesting if an enterprising reporter put that quote, or one of the others, to Stephen Harper or one of his Reform Conservative caucus – given that her readership is interchangeable with his voter base.
Back in Calgary in our high school daze, when their signature tune – My Sharona – topped the charts for week after week, Alan made up a version about one of the jocks in our school, Mike Siroska (sp?) that was very funny. I forget the words.
Here they are again, with a song that was, and remains, catchier than a drawer full of fish hooks:
From my North Van days, I have a lot of friends from the Iranian diaspora. One of them is back over there, and writes to me this morning:
_______February 12 at 9:27am
Hope you are well. Interesting development. I just got the 4th nicest death threat phone call a few hours ago and I have come to the conclusion that its time I left the Middle East. Free speech is not so welcomed in this part of the world.
Was wondering if you could hook me up with a media company, a marketing firm, a news paper or anything that could help me get back on my feet while I make a run for it back home to Toronto. Need to leave ASAP if possible.
I’ve told him/her to get back here, fast, and we will help.
He/she is super-smart, political, and a great writer and communicator. If you have any suggestions, please email me confidentially at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this, the second-to-last Power Play strategists’ segment for a while – CTV is understandably turning its attention to the Olympics starting tomorrow – we dissect the Giambrone stuff. I opine that we all make mistakes (I’ve made plenty, and will make more).
The really interesting on-air encounter happened later, when I did Evan Solomon’s CBC show (no link, sorry) with my Dipper friend Brian Topp (and be sure to buy and read Brian’s upcoming book, by the way, here). Brian is a genius, basically.
Anyway, on Evan’s show, I said that every smart campaign team sits down with their candidate, well in advance of the campaign, and says to him or her: “Okay. Now is the time to tell us all that needs to be told. Because your affinity for sports team mascots will come out. So tell us now, so we can deal with it proactively.”
And Brian – to my surprise, and clearly Evan’s – insisted that that was done, and that Adam Giambrone in effect lied to his senior strategists. He told them there was nothing to tell. (This Globe story suggests the same thing.)
Is that true? If so, Adam’s former team have plenty to be mad about. If it isn’t the case, then…well.
I suspect we’ll never know. In the meantime, here’s Power Play:
Tonda and I chat. The top of my head, meanwhile, grows menacingly at the top of the screen.