First, in his analysis of a book on the rise of the (so-called) BC Liberal Party by Wilf Hurd, comes the madness:
...“I always viewed Gordon Wilson as a political force of nature,” says (Christy) Clark. “I saw first hand how hard he worked and how often he was out there shaking hands. No matter what the setback, he was prepared to work even harder.”
She cites Wilson, whom her government has lately employed as a $150,000-a-year advocate on liquefied natural gas, as inspiration for her own winning campaign against Adrian Dix and the New Democrats in 2013.
“The leader can carry an election and we often underestimate this … I felt that people needed to see me, to hear what I stood for and to learn where I thought the province needed to go. I wanted to make people understand who I really was, without the media filter, and that my mission wasn’t just about ‘fighting with the other guys’ it was to explain and define our mission.”
Speaking of the media filter, the 1991 experience supplied her with a healthy perspective in that regard as well.
“The media and particularly the press gallery in Victoria just trashed Wilson,” recalled Clark. “They wrote him off as irrelevant with no mainstream connections and backers and not up to the task.”...
Next, the Dean's method, laid bare for all to see:
...I covered that (1991) campaign and would note that the coverage was even rougher on Social Credit, while Wilson benefited from favourable burst of coverage late in the campaign. But these are Clark’s memoirs, not mine...
Do you see what the good Mr. Palmer of the Vancouver Sun did there?
And what, exactly, is the problem with a never ending strategy that consists of feigned jabs followed by immediate galloping runs for the neutral corner?...Well, it allows the usual suspects to tweet up codswallop like...This.
And can you imagine how different British Columbia's body-politic would be if the usual suspects actually had their words, deeds and actions subjected to real scrutiny and fearless hard-headed analysis by fine folks like the Dean and his colleagues?