Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Day Stephen Harper's Attack Ads Made Him look Like an Idiot
As I've been telling you for a while, Stephen Harper's PMO is not the mighty Death Machine it once was.
These days it's looking desperate and disorganized. Its election campaign is veering wildly in all directions. It's making a lot of dumb mistakes.
And there couldn't be a better example of that than what happened yesterday. When the fanatics in the PMO launched two new attack ads.
Only to have them go horribly wrong.
For first there was this totally staged propaganda performance or Con pantomime...
Which apart from the laughable claim that Harper is not bound by ideology, also contained this ghastly gaffe.
Nestled amid the opening montage of the Conservative Party's latest salvo in the pre-campaign ad wars is a shot of what appears to be the Chevrolet Camaro assembly line at General Motors' Oshawa plant.
It's an unusual choice of visuals, given the recent news about that particular production line, which is slated to move to Michigan later this year.
Which would be hilarious eh? Except for the 1,000 workers who are going to lose their jobs, like so many others have all over this country.
But did serve to remind Canadians that Stephen Harper is no Great Economist Leader...
And then there was this ad aimed at Justin Trudeau...
Which in addition to showing how much the Cons have had to soften their attack ads on Trudeau, because the scummy old ones didn't work.
Turns out to be a blatant ripoff of an old, wait for it, NDP ad.
The Conservatives’ new, milder Justin Trudeau attack ad seems to have pretty much ripped off a 2011 Manitoba provincial NDP ad used against then-Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen.
And to make matters worse, if the latest polls are to be believed, was also aimed at the wrong leader...
Which tells you what a mess the PMO is in.
But the important thing is that both those Con gaffes were quickly publicized all over the internet by progressives on social media. Which both diminished their impact, and made the Cons look ridiculous.
And it clearly shows what an important role our social media, which is much larger and more creative than those of Con supporters, will play in the next election.
But of course the Cons do have more money than we do, and they will try to bury us under an avalanche of attack ads, with the biggest and no doubt most lying propaganda campaign this country has ever seen.
So it will be vitally important that we use people power to boost or amplify the message of our social media. And one way we can do that is by joining the Amplify Network.
Here’s how it works: during key campaign moments we’ll send you an action alert through email asking you to share something on social media. This could be a tweet targeted at a politician with a hard-hitting question, an informative video to share on Facebook, or a compelling image encouraging people to vote.
Because it is a really good idea, and for very little effort we could reap a huge reward.
By working together, we can reach millions of people across the country and encourage them to join us in moving Canada forward for an open democracy, a fair economy and a safe climate. All it takes is for us to share our messages, values and actions as one voice.
And the best news? Isn't it great that we already have this mighty weapon to use against the foul Cons and their depraved leader? And that we can all help make it even more powerful.
First we will diminish him and degrade him...
Or help drive him crazy, or crazier.
Then we will defeat him.
And then we'll treat ourselves to one of the most beautiful sights we've ever seen.
Stephen Harper turning out the lights, for the very last time...
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