Friday, March 21, 2008

Suggestion for Stephane Dion and the Federal Liberals: If at first you don't succeed, then attack, attack, attack.

I had this epiphany a while ago myself, and may have even posted on it: Successful opposition parties attack well and non-stop.

This idea occurred to me again last night as I watched the "At Issue" panel on CBC unanimously declare that the winning of only 3 of 4 by-elections was a resounding failure for Stephane Dion. I don't necessarily agree, but there are some lessons to be learned.

First thing: If everyone is still talking about why the opposition isn't gaining ground, it's bad. We need everyone to be talking about why the government is failing.

It's not like they haven't given a healthy list of things to criticize either:

Cuts to immigration
Chuck Cadman scandal
Handling of Brenda Martin case
Kelowna accord
Income trusts
Cuts to Status of Women Canada
Cancelling of Court challenges program
Backdoor attempt to make abortions illegal
Anything the Conservatives do now that they criticised previously
illicit donations
Cheque swapping

Mulroney-Schreiber you say? Hey, if the albatross fits, let them wear it. Mulroney was, after all, the leader of the CPC's transition team... makes him a pretty high ranking unelected part of this government as far as I'm concerned. Reveal that to enough Canadians, and that's all that counts. The point is not to let Harper distance himself.

Seriously, being in opposition and attacking is about picking up everything, everything, EVERYTHING and flinging it at the wall, and seeing what sticks. When something sticks, pick up more and fling it it the wall. Repeat until elected.

It's time to start framing the arguments so to speak. Loudly. Everywhere.

Maybe save up for some attack ads.

Just my two cents.


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