Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's a Mini Bush extravaganza in the Globe today


The Strategic Counsel's been given prime real estate in today's Globe to tell the world how Mini Bush can get himself a majority government. Isn't that special? Too bad there's not much in the way of scintillating news here. Despite their best efforts to spin the polling results to make Harper look good, what with their talk of Canadians feeling we're on the "right track" and Conservative supporters being disinclined to switch their votes...the really bad news for Stevie the Conservative boy wonder is that he's stuck at 33% in the polls. Yep. STILL tied with the Liberals and down 3% from his electoral "victory" high. That must just irk him to no end. All that money on "Stephane Dion is not a leader" ads and Dion's still right there, joined at his hip. So sad.

And by the way, if I were asked if the country were on the right or wrong track, I might be inclined to say it's on the right track too. That's because the Harper regime hasn't done anything substantial enough to muck up the solid overall state of affairs in this country that they inherited from the you know whos. And you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm NOT going to be supporting Mini Bush ever, despite my inclination to say the country as a whole is still on the right track. So take that Strategic Counsel brainiacs.

What is not discussed in the "analysis" piece the Counsellors impart to us is the high percentage of NDP and Green voters who are likely to switch their votes. They make much ado about how the Liberal voters might switch in contrast to the Conservative loyalists, yet fail to mention that this voter fluidity is abundant in the center-left voting populus which comprises approximately 70% of the voting public. That's a lot of room for the Liberals to grow from, methinks. Could even be more than Mini Bush has to work with...but nary a word on that.

And please draw your attention to the following analysis of some of Harper's challenges:
He should start by asking himself why they haven't bitten so far. After all, in terms of party standings, the Conservatives are still tied with the Liberals in the low 30s. What's holding them back? The reasons are evident in the data. A large majority of Canadians associate words such as “controlling” and “partisan” with Mr. Harper. They think he's too right-wing. Most believe he's too close to U.S. President George W. Bush. He's not seen as particularly likeable. A majority don't think he cares about people like them. And most Canadians feel his government has accomplished little during its time in office.

Mr. Harper needs to acknowledge that his growth is being held back by what many consider the less attractive aspects of his leadership style. Hand-to-hand combat on the floor of the House of Commons may get his political juices flowing, but it leaves Canadians cold. (emphasis happily added)
Yes, stop being yourself Mini Bush. Be someone else. Can you do that?

P.S. As I always say, we call him Mini Bush for good reason here at the Impolitical blog...:)