Monday, April 30, 2012

"People just don't care about (political) labels"

From Stephen Carter, Alison Redford's now former chief of staff who was instrumental in her campaign win:
He was, however, willing to talk about the three campaigns that established his reputation — Naheed Nenshi's successful out-of-nowhere bid for Calgary's mayoralty, Redford's bid for the Tory leadership, which she started with the backing of only one sitting Tory, and the recent drubbing of all other parties in an election that polls and pundits had picked the Progressive Conservatives to lose.

"People just don't care about (political) labels," is Carter's conclusion.

"Imagine going to your kids' soccer game and asking people what they are. They're not going to answer the question with, 'I'm a conservative or I'm a liberal or I'm a neo-con.'

"I think we're in the middle of the next great shift in political decision-making, and it's essentially ideological freedom. People are not going to allow themselves to be typecast."

He was also willing to compare the three campaigns — campaigns that have been pointed to nationally as marking sea changes in Alberta's political climate.

"They were all very different," Carter said.

"Nenshi's victory was such a coming together of non-ideological people who just wanted a better system. It was just fabulous to work with.

"(Redford's) leadership campaign became far more partisan, but we were able to bring in so many people from outside the party — which I think is ultimately the success of any campaign, appealing to people outside your stripe.

"This (provincial) election, to be written off in the first week, was just frustrating. It showed such a lack of understanding of that campaign." (emphasis added)
Worth thinking about. And he's got some choice words about reporters and polls, if you care to read on.