Saturday, October 18, 2008

Swiftboating? .... In Canada?......Pity



According to the Globe and (nolongerEmpire)Mail's chief gossip columnist, Stephane Dion will be stepping down Monday.


St├ęphane Dion has called a news conference for Monday where he is expected to announce he will step down as Leader of the Liberal Party, but it's unclear whether he will leave right away or wait until a replacement is chosen........

Of course, one of the reasons that Mr. Dion was creamed was the fact that he was painted as a retarded environmentalist by an anti-environmentalist who pretended, and is still pretending, that he is actually the real environmentalist.

And how did the Party of the Entrenched Anti-Environmentalists do this?

Well, based on the evidence, it would appear that they went all-swiftboat-all-the-time.

Starting in January.

January 2007 that is.

Here is what I had to say about it at the time......


Swiftboats Come To Canada (Jan 28/2007)


John Kerry was a Vietnam War hero.

George Bush was a man who did everything he could to avoid the Vietnam War.

So in the run-up to the 2004 election, what did the Rovian's do?

Why, of course, they invented the 'Swiftboat Liars For Truth' and turned Kerry's greatest strength into his greatest weakness while simultaneously portraying 'The Avoider' as 'The War President'.

And the disaster that ensued is something the United States will now spend decades and trillions of dollars trying to correct.

Not to mention lives.


Arguably, Stephane Dion's biggest political asset is that he has demonstrated to Canadians that he truly believes in real environmental legislation.

And until about a month ago Stephen Harper, as he demonstrated so well to his base (see: Ambrose, Rona), was a well known his anti-environmentalist.

But all that has changed now, just in time for that most hallowed of Canadian days - SuperBowl Sunday:

Canadian Press
Pulished: Sunday, Jan 28, 2007

OTTAWA -- The Harper government is set to unveil TV attack ads against new Liberal Leader Stephane Dion on Sunday.

CTV News reports Secretary of State for Multiculturalism Jason Kenny will launch the ads at a briefing in Ottawa.

Sources tell the network the commercials, which will air during prime time and the Super Bowl, will mock Dion's leadership abilities and his environmental record.

Clearly, this 'stratergy' was test-marketed with that little bit dual citizenship codswallop that the herd media bit on, bigtime.

So now it appears that the Cons have been emboldened to the point where they figure they can win it all by going all the way down the Rovian Road and creating their own reality by pushing really big lies as abject truths.


No wonder they want to do away with the CBC and bring FOX News to Canada.

But the really big question is the following......

If Canadians are fooled by all this crap and we end up giving the CPC a majority, how much will it ultimately cost us to correct the disasters they will no doubt heap upon us during the ensuing years and decades?


Now, while we didn't end up giving the CPC a majority this week, it was damn close.

And ask yourself this, 22 months after the Swiftboat Strate(r)gy began in earnest....

What are the two things Canadians think of most when they think of Mr. Dion now?

Did you answer "poor leader" and "crazy, whackadoodle environmentalist bent on destroying our way of life"?

Of course you did.

Which means that the Swiftboat Squadrons will only grow even larger and more ferocious the next time out.

In fact, I'll be very interested to learn which domestic terrorists Iggy was paling around with while touring with the Stooges back in the day.

My guess is that it will be the MC-5.

As for Mr. Dryden?

Well, didn't he once share a dressing room with the Pocket Rocket?

And didn't the P.Rocket's older brother, the noted Quebecois Firebrand, once attend a gala dinner in 1965 where one of the future members of the FLQ was working as a waiter?


Playing dirty to destroy the very fabric of political discourse in Canada.

While wearing sweater vests.

It's the Harpoonian way.



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