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New Conservative Ads And Website

May 29, 2007

Well, the Conservatives have released a new ad and a new website today.

Let’s start with the TV ad.

It is a continuation of the “Dion is not a leader theme”. Unfortunately, this one is not as good as the first, which I thought was brilliant. It starts off with random clips of Dion; the thing is, however, these clips are contextless and thus look silly. But those clips might have the purpose of making Dion look like an arrogant out of touch elite; somebody that Canadians don’t like to elect Prime Minster. The rest of the ad is alright at pounding in the main theme.

The thing I don’t get is, why release an ad now? There is not going to be an election until next fall and Canadians are outside in the sun, not watching television. Why didn’t the Conservatives wait until the fall.

The Conservatives also released www.notaleader.ca with this ad. Let me say, the Conservatives have really failed at this one. Take a few excerpts from “Kyoto’s (Dion’s dog) blog“.

On days like today, I wish we were in France!

I gave chase [to Harper’s cat], dragging Stéphane down the street. He kept shouting “No Kyoto! Stop it!” Madame Elizabeth May happened by and almost had a coronary. She thought he was talking about the Accord.

[Ignatieff] grimaced at me and told Stéphane he preferred big bald eagles to dogs.

I mean, look at this! These are all jokes people who are into politics in the first place would understand. Furthermore, these jokes would only appeal to partisan Conservatives (they aren’t even funny), and not drag in new votes for the Conservative party. Considering that the Conservatives need to drag in Liberal leaning voters to increase their vote share, all this page represents is a waste of Conservative effort and money.

I wonder, what the heck happened to Conservative strategy lately?

  1. May 29, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Shoring up the base?

  2. janfromthebruce
    May 29, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    yes, the mostly nasty commenters at the glob and mail.

  3. JF
    May 29, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Their whole “Dion is a French citizen let’s pick on him for that” gets my blood boiling so bad… Even the part about Ignatieff’s big bald eagles too, I mean, WTF? Is the Conservative Party going all nativist now? It’s not quite racism, but it’s getting there…

  4. May 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Those ads are not really doing much of anything for me personally. I liked the old ones much better. You know, the ones were they had Iggy sayings “Stephane, we didn’t get it done!”

    These are crap compared to that one!

  5. May 29, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Upon reflection, I have to ask… What is this obsession with reforming the senate? You would have thought that the Conservatives would have been in favour of abolishing it as well in the spirit of less government and all of that…

  6. May 29, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    One final thought for you to save in your back pocket for election time…

    Imagine going up against the Conservatives and telling them they’re for bloated big government because they want to keep the senate…

    That’d really throw them for a loop, eh?

  7. Northern BC Dipper
    May 29, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Well, the obsession with reforming the Senate goes back to the Reform days, so I guess the obsession is about shoring up the base.

    As for big/small government: I think the logic is that by giving areas like Alberta more power (via a reformed Senate), the federal government will face more pressure to reduce government. A ounce of poison for a pound of cure, I guess.

  8. janfromthebruce
    May 29, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    The NDP have a pretty funny attack like ad on their webpage. Now it’s funny. Stephen Harper’s Scandal Sheet – http://www.ndp.ca/scandalsheet

    Go have a look see.

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