Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dr Strangelove, Justin Trudeau, and the Anti-Harper
Oh. Mein. Gott. I see Tom Flanagan, the Dr Strangelove of Canadian politics, is back with a new book.
And a warning for his former master Stephen Harper.
His all-out assault on Justin Trudeau is just not working.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former campaign manager says the governing Conservatives are falling short in their personal attacks on Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and will have to shift their emphasis to his policies.
“Justin has proved very hard to attack personally,” said Flanagan. “The ‘in-over-his-head’ theme doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact with voters. It may some day, but thus far it doesn’t seem to have worked that much.”
And the reason? Stephen Harper is just too unpopular.
“It’s difficult to attack somebody who is held in higher esteem than you are. Often, the attacks just fall harmlessly.”
As a result, he said, the personal contrast between Harper and Trudeau is deeply ingrained. “He’s the anti-Harper,” Flanagan said of Trudeau.
Which isn't particularly insightful, but coming from Harper's former mentor who knows him better than most, is probably good advice.
But luckily for us it's advice Great Ugly Leader probably won't follow.
Judging by the way he was staring at Justin Trudeau in Question Period today...
And looking like he wanted to EAT him.
Because it IS personal. The thought of being the Prime Minister who revived the Liberal Party and brought another Trudeau to power must be just KILLING Harper.
And I predict that he will take his entire government down in his effort to destroy him...
And as for Strangelove's prediction that the politics of hope and optimism won't work...
Flanagan has written a new book, Winning Power, in which he writes of how fear has become the most “powerful political emotion” in Canadian election campaigns.
“Canada really hasn’t had a federal election inspired by hope since Pierre Trudeau campaigned on the theme of the Just Society in 1968, and that mood lasted precisely for one campaign,” he writes.
Well let's just say that Flanagan doesn't seem to understand that's exactly why so many Canadians want something new and different.
Because it's about time eh?
And of course the last time Strangelove came up with a PLAN.
It also ended badly...
You know, hope IS a powerful weapon. And not just for Justin Trudeau.
The NDP should try it too.
Because it's something the Cons can't offer up on a porky plate.
And it WILL help destroy them...
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