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Glad the mainstream media has finally caught on to this – hope the Liberals do too.

Shorter Jeffery Simpson column: The 30% base Conservative supporters are Kool-Aid drinking parrots who believe anything their party tells them.

That’s a good lesson for the Liberals and Mr. Ignatieff in particular. This bloc of voters will never vote for you. You can do all sorts of declarations of support for the TarSands, or deficit cutting, and so on, and they won’t blink or care or change their minds, so there’s no point in trying to woo them. The Liberals want to attract moderate voters? Great – but this bunch isn’t part of them. The Liberals need to woo the centre-left and the other 70% of the voters and forget about these folks. I’ve seen indications they’re trying to do that – but this is just a friendly reminder in case they’re tempted to go the other way and look for the phantom ‘red Tories’ out there. There are either few too left to electorally matter, or the Liberals already have their support. Trying to peel off the Conservative base will be an exercise in futility, so why waste resources and energy trying?

Go after the electorate where you have a much greater chance of persuading them to vote for you (if you give them good enough reasons) and which is a larger voting bloc.

6 comments to Glad the mainstream media has finally caught on to this – hope the Liberals do too.

  • TofKW

    Gees, I’ve only been saying this 30% is Harper’s base for friggin’ years now …the media are just finally catching on? Of course they will never vote Liberal, the most the Grits can hope for is they stay home on election night.

    BTW – I’m one of those phantom Red Tories, and I refused to follow Harper since he won his coronation as leader of the new CPofC. Yes team-red has my vote provided you don’t so anything dumb and merge with the NDP. Hit the Reformatories on the fiscal conservative front (because they are so not fiscal conservatives) and Harper will be gone after the next election …simple as that.

    I’ll reconsider supporting the Conservatives again once they pick a leader who’s not from Alberta.

    • Marie

      I too would also consider supporting the Progressive Conservatives if one had that choice again and not the C.R.A.P current party hiding behind the conservative party of past.They are nowhere close to being Conservative and really show off their Reform Alliance Reform roots. They are far from being qualified to run any country let alone ours.

      It doesn’t matter so much if they are not from Alberta but that they are honest, care for all of Canada and all the citizens of our great country instead of trying to kill everything our ancestors have worked for in creating a country that has respect for ALL its people regardless of their political choices. I too think Harper will be gone after the next elections.You can’t keep spending like drunkard sailors and keep Canadians on the verge of bankruptcy with hard working Canadians own monies as if it were theirs to waste.

  • The Liberals could learn a thing or two from the Democrats’ failure. You can’t reason with the 30 percenters. They are zombies for Harper. They will never be reached. Obama is losing his base because his emphasis has been on appeasing the 30 percenters in the US. It’s a progressive disease – appease, appease, appease. Go after the 70 percent folks, idiots. Grab ’em where they vote. Give them what they want. Stop fighting the willing participants who want to be wooed, cajoled and persuaded. Sheesh. Progressives can sometimes be so dim.

    • Dave

      The real potential is with the 35-40% of the population that doesn’t vote. They outnumber the voter base of any three parties combined and their votes actually are up for grabs. Trying to appeal to Conservative, NDP or Bloc voters is nothing more than a waste of time and money.

  • Michael

    I’m frankly quite tired of this “centre-left” B.S. The Liberals don’t need to woo the centre-left. They need to woo the centre. Period. They need a big, broad centre.

    I disagree with you on the Red Tories issue. I don’t know how much campaigning you do (retail politics, I mean) but I do a lot. In the past 2.5 years, over a number of elections (all levels of government) I have personally knocked on 5000+ doors, and have engaged in hundreds of substantive policy discussions with Joe Lunchbox and Jane Frontporch. I would argue that most people in Durham Region, and indeed most Ontarians fall into the category of what we political nerds call “Red Tory”, though they wouldn’t apply that label to themselves.

    There is a reason Ontario has almost always elected Liberals federally and P.C.’s provincially. If the federal Liberals have been in the centre* and voters also usually choose the right-wing option provincially, doesn’t that make them centre-right in their voting preferences, on the whole?

    *I disagree that the Liberals a centre-left party, especially in the last two decades, minus the failed Dion era, though I know we’ve skewed that way many times in the past.

  • Kring

    The 27% base Liberal supporters are Kool-Aid drinking parrots who believe anything their party tells them.

    That’s a good lesson for the Tories and PM Harper in particular. This bloc of voters will never vote for you. You can do all sorts of declarations of support for nationailzed daycare, or social spending, and so on, and they won’t blink or care or change their minds, so there’s no point in trying to woo them. The Conservatives want to attract moderate voters? Great – but this bunch isn’t part of them. The Tories need to woo the centre-right and the other 73% of the voters and forget about these folks. I’ve seen indications they’re trying to do that – but this is just a friendly reminder in case they’re tempted to go the other way and look for the phantom ‘blue Liberals’ out there. There are either few too left to electorally matter, or the Tories already have their support. Trying to peel off the Liberal base will be an exercise in futility, so why waste resources and energy trying?

    Go after the electorate where you have a much greater chance of persuading them to vote for you (if you give them good enough reasons) and which is a larger voting bloc.

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