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I don’t know…

.. how many of you have seen the cheesy ad (oops… NOT an ad… just a video, according to the NCC) made by that reactionary of all reactionary groups in Canada – the so-called National Citizen’s Coalition. I don’t think it is getting a lot of air time. And it IS really cheesy. And the NCC has disabled comments on the vid. Chickenshits…

And no, I’m not posting it on my blog. The stench would sully my else-wise nice and tidy venting space that I call Trashy’s World.

It’s about Grit interim (in name only) leader, Bob Rae. The vid goes on about how Rae ruined Ontario when he was Premier, spent like a madman, ate babies… that sort of thing. This is an ad for the Cons without the blue and white logo, pure and simple. And it’s an attack ad. The CPC really, really likes these ads because it suits their bumper sticker politics of fear: keep the message simple and portray the other guy as the baby-eating, spend-happy demon who will jack taxes up by 10,000%

And, as we saw in the last election, these ads work. And while the CPC themselves are not putting these ads out at the moment, their minions at the National Conservative Cabal are more than happy to oblige.

Now, there are two things I have to say about this.

  1. The vid is inaccurate about the timing of Rae’s ascension to the Premiership. It claims that the NDP pulled Ontario into a recession. This is factually wrong. The recession was already well under way when Rae took office. Look it up.
  2. Some Grits are whining about this video not being “fair” and that rules around third-party advertising should be tightened. And they are probably right. But instead of crying about how mean the Cons and the Nut-bar Convention of Cucumberheads are being, they need to strike back. And fast! They have some momentum coming out of the Ottawa Convention and they need to maintain it.I do hate negative ads and how they lower the level of political debate into the sewers. But they do serve to package the candidate in a negative light before the candidate has the opportunity to do so themselves. The CPC did it to Dion and masterfully to Iggy. And this must be stopped in the tracks. ASAP.

So, my fellow progressives and Liberals, quit whining about the rules and fight fire with fire. It pains me to write that, but it must be done.



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  1. Bob Rae did, however, spend 60-odd billion dollars that he didn’t have, damaging the economy of Ontario and Canada in the process. He gutted unions in a way that even I have to say was a bit assholish.

    Because of his tax increases, even with my increased salary when I left the military, I ended up taking home less money, forcing me to change jobs to just to break even again.

    He was a terrible premier, and is a terrible choice for the Liberal party. Attack ads notwithstanding.

    1. trashee says:

      Not claiming that he would be the right choice… just that the info in the ad is incorrect.
      My choice would be my MP, David McGuinty… but that likely won’t happen.

      1. I’d have to agree on David McGuinty. He seems to be a solid MP. He appears to be way, way smarter more competent than his brother, although his name may work against him in this case.

        other than Bob Rae, he’s also the only one I’ve really heard of. The Libs need someone with a bit of name and personal charisma, so he might be the ticket…

        but the question is whether or not the other Libs see it that way.

  2. Dave says:

    Unfortunately you’re right. In any nation where a smidgen of reason prevailed these things wouldn’t work but one only has to look to the states to see what happens with unfettered negative ads. People like Herman Cain, Michele Bachman, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich can ride these things in to places of actual power.
    Harper learned that and feels no remorse at smearing anyone who might pose a threat to his power. Truth and reason are no match for the power of media to smear with enough repetition.

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