Friday, February 25, 2005

Pay attention - this is going to be on the exam

Babble on.

Professor Tarantino will now address his first-year political science class, otherwise known as the Conservative Party of Canada. The title of today's lecture is "How to Control Both the News Cycle and a Minority Government from the Opposition Benches."

Listen closely, class - you'll be tested on this at election time.

Here's what should have happened: the budget gets released. No Conservative says one. frickin'. word. "No comment". "We're reviewing it". "We'll get back to you". That's it. Jack Layton mewls about how he doesn't like the budget, and says he is going to vote against it. The Bloc complains about the budget not being in the interests of Quebecers and indicates it will not support it. Still no word from the Tories. Perfect. Why? Because the Tories have just changed the focus from "what's in the budget?" to "what are the Conservatives going to do about it?" The headlines write themselves.

Wake up in the back! The man is not talking to hear the sound of his own voice, people, he's trying to teach you something you obviously haven't learned yet.

And here are my two pennies: why is Stephen Harper getting better political advice from a blogger than he is from his paid minions? Why isn't someone with at least Bob Tarantino's tactical acumen on the payroll?

Babble off.


At 11:24 a.m., Blogger Andrew said...

My thoughts exactly.

Someone get Harper to hire Bob - and pronto.

At 11:27 a.m., Blogger Andrew said...

BTW - I beat you in posting on this by 1 minute according to blogger:


At 5:06 p.m., Blogger Timmy the G said...

Bingo - it's bad communications that is hobbling Harper's and the Conservative Party's efforts.

Glad to see the folks on your side are beginning to rattle the cage as well. I don't think anyone in the Tory hierarchy is reading my blog.:)

At 9:58 p.m., Blogger Pianoman said...

This isn't a communications problem. It's rather the kind of liberal collaboration we'd expect from the Progressive Conservative wing of the One Big Liberal Canada. Harper should spend less time playing games and more time shaping the political landscape to advance a conservative agenda. He's playing to the PCs right now, acting way too cautiously.

At 11:56 p.m., Blogger Alan said...

Unfortunately, no. The headlines do not write themselves. They are written by the press corps, which consists of people who have been offered jobs within the Liberalista hierarchy and those who are doing everything in their power to ingratiate themselves with the Liberalista hierarchy so as to be offered jobs. Oh, and the CBC. That is a sow's ear, my friend, and you don't make a silk purse out of it by falling back on a ponderous silence, the import of which is grasped by exactly no one. "Conservatives Cowed Into Silence By Expansive Liberal Budget!"

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