Thursday, April 22, 2010
Frank Graves and the Way to Beat the Cons
I tuned in to Power and Politics this afternoon to see Frank Graves getting mugged by the Con flunky Kory Teneycke because of some advice he gave the Liberals.
Frank Graves of Ekos Research, in agreement with the analysis, has told the Grits that the wedge politics of the Conservatives provide them with an opportunity to stake out a stark alternative. Stop worrying about the West, he’s told them. No need to fear polarizing the debate. It’s what worked for Mr. Chrétien against Preston Manning and Stockwell Day.
“I told them that they should invoke a culture war. Cosmopolitanism versus parochialism, secularism versus moralism, Obama versus Palin, tolerance versus racism and homophobia, democracy versus autocracy. If the cranky old men in Alberta don’t like it, too bad. Go south and vote for Palin.”
But I think that a Con like Korny calling anyone too partisan is like Harper calling anyone a liar and a dictator. And that Frank Graves deserves a medal, because he's absolutely right. That is the missing narrative, and the ONLY way to go.
The Cons have been playing wedge politics from the moment they came to power. They've been waging a culture war against our precious Canadian institutions. They are racists, homophobes, dangerous religious fanatics, sinister autocrats, they're raping our values, and trying to turn us into Amerikans. If that isn't a culture war what do you call it?
Michael Ignatieff has been playing a fool's game by sucking up to Alberta.
When NOTHING he ever says or does will make the rednecks and oil pimps in that province vote for him. And his support for the oil sands only loses him votes in a province like Quebec.
Instead he should be attacking the province for torching the planet, smearing Canada's reputation abroad, and destroying manufacturing jobs in provinces like B.C. and Ontario...where the next election will be decided. Attacking the theocons in the PMO and standing up for our secular values.
I think it's time to give the Cons a taste of their own medicine. Let's give them a wedgie they can CHOKE ON.
Nothing will heal the divisions in this country. Stephen Harper has made sure of that. So let's use them to our advantage to beat these AmeriCon thugs over the head, and win the war for the country that reflects our CANADIAN values..
Because it's about time
It isn’t complicated. The choice between Harper Conservatism and progressive Liberalism is amply clear. Thus far, Mr. Harper has done a better job of articulating his brand than the Liberals have done of theirs. He knows how to fight a culture war. They've barely been trying.
Oh yeah...and if those Cons and rednecks don't like it we tell them to go south and vote for Palin eh?
Fight them, fight them, fight them.
Hit them where it HURTS....