Thursday, January 12, 2006

STEPHEN HARPER: EVEN THE BAD DAYS ARE GOOD

BRITISH COLUMBIA'S DAY OF MADNESS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

How well is the Tory campaign going?

Well, today, Stephen Harper had to fire a candidate, Derek Zeisman, for refusing to disclose that he was going to stand trial for smuggling. Last election an event like this would have been considered a major gaffe. The Tories would have looked like they were in disarray. This year, they look competent and responsible for handling this mess the way they have.

Harper's timely decision to get rid of Zeisman- a costly loss for the party which will hand his Southern Interior riding to the NDP- is being hailed by Tories as a sharp contrast to the bumbling leadership of dithering Paul Martin, who still refuses to ask for Ralph Goodale's resignation over the income trust leak. Harper turned what could have been a disaster into yet another reason to vote for him. No wonder Harper's ratings ratings for trustworthiness are going up every day.

As for the NDP, not only do they have shoplifter Svend Robinson trying to win a seat in Vancouver Centre (where he is apparently having all kinds of problems), but Jack Layton today was revealed to be a customer of private health care clinics. So they can't exactly crow about how ethical they are either.

And the Liberals are still getting killed for their negative ads about the military. By Keith Martin. Who called the person who made this ad an idiot. At an all-candidates meeting. In British Columbia. This is a Liberal saying this. In Canada. I am not making this up.

And I'm not the only blogger in Canada ridiculing the Liberal campaign ads. Everyone in Canada is parodying these ads and making jokes about them. What can I say? The Liberal campaign has turned into a national joke.

When even the bad days are good for the Tories, that's a sure sign your campaign is really rolling.

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