Saturday, January 24, 2015
Stephen Harper's Image Problem and the Con's Secret Weapon
Well as you can imagine, Stephen Harper is having a little trouble with his image these days.
He can't pose as a Great Economist Leader anymore, not with the disastrous state of the economy.
And although he is still trying to portray himself as a Great Strong Leader, as I pointed yesterday.
He knows that image is fatally flawed...
So he's off to the funeral of this murdered mountie.
Knowing like a piranha knows there's blood in the water, that there are questions about why his killer was at large, rather than in jail.
And he can use that to portray himself as a Great Crime Busting Leader, promote his new website.
And attack Justin Trudeau.
Because when it comes to propaganda, the Cons are shameless. And as Bruce Anderson points out, incredibly cynical.
I may not watch as much live TV as I used to, but I still watch enough to see how many of our tax dollars are being spent on advertising to us. It would be a shocking amount for the most reckless spending of governments. But for a government that boasts of frugality: it’s off-the-dial cynical.
For what kind of monstrous government would try to brainwash us with our OWN money?
I’ve no quarrel with governments advertising to make people aware of programs and services, to encourage socially useful behaviour, and to build knowledge around important national issues.
But these days the government seems addicted to spending our money to shape our mood. They want voters to feel good about the way things are. And worried about how they would be if another party was running things.
But sometimes even all that money, and even six coats of pancake makeup, can't make Stephen Harper look like a Gentler Kinder Leader...
Instead of a dangerous maniac right out of some horror movie.
So the Cons have enlisted a secret weapon in their desperate attempt to try to soften his image: his wife Laureen.
Seen here starring in her very own episode, on the Con's taxpayer funded propaganda channel...
And you know, after watching that video I don't think it's going to work.
Because she's not that warm either eh?
I mean who can forget the day a young activist asked her a question about the missing and murdered women, at a fancy fundraiser to raise money for homeless cats...
And how she made it clear she's no kinder gentler Harper.
So good luck with that one.
And the good news? It should be HILARIOUS.
It will make the Cons look like they are DESPERATE.
And if Laureen can keep that other furry creature in a cage as much as possible...
She'll do us all a favour.
Until the happy day arrives.
When we can fire BOTH of them...
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