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A (typical) lack of class from the Conservative Party of Canada.

This sort of reminds me of the 1993 Progressive Conservative ad that distorted Chretien’s face, or the 2004 ad that proclaimed Paul Martin supported child pornography. Those instances were appalling, but this effort by the Conservatives comes close to those other 2 for most classless:

Stéphane Dion is dumping on Prime Minister Stephen Harper over a Conservative Internet spot that showed a puffin pooping on the Liberal leader’s shoulder. The image is no longer available on the website, but was captured by national television networks before it was altered.

The screenshot of the “puffin poop” can be seen at the link above. The Conservative war room apparently sensed they might get into trouble for this, but it was too late to be pulled before it nationally got displayed to Canada to remind everyone how classless this bunch really is. I figured that last weeks “warm and fuzzy” pre-election ads with Harper wouldn’t last very long, but the speed to which the Conservatives reverted to their past 2 years of negative form surprises even me.

There was a reason for all those warm and fuzzy ads last week – to try and show the “human” side of the PM. Stunts like the one this morning and the 6 am press conference yesterday releasing attack ads on the Liberals should remind people pretty quickly that the Conservatives are intent on fighting an American-style gutter-politics election – and they’ve been in that mode against Dion specifically for 2 years now. It disgusts me, but in a way, I’m glad they’re doing this now – because it reminds people of how juvenile the Conservative Party really is. Here’s hoping voters will reject this style of Karl Rove/Republican based gutter politics the Conservatives use and have used.


More examples of fearmongering from the conservatives..

…but this time from the US, from the Conservative Party’s American Idols, the Republican Party, who did very well with fearmongering as an election tool from 2002-2005.  It appears some in the McCain team are trying once again to get Americans scared. First, they’re trying to get them scared of Obama. John McCain said in an interview a couple of days ago that he considered Obama’s voting record to show he was an extremist and maybe even a socialist (GASP!). Today, some in the McCain camp are  trying to paint an entire religious group as who Americans should be afraid of as well:

McCain POW bud: Muslims ‘going to kill us’

One of John McCain’s fellow POW’s in Vietnam defended the war in Iraq, saying, “The Muslims have said either we kneel or they’re going to kill us.” In a phone call with reporters arranged by the McCain campaign, Colonel Bud Day added: “I don’t intend to kneel and I don’t advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn’t advocate to anybody that we kneel.”

Actually, this is both a vivid example of fear-mongering and group-baiting as you’ll find.

Meanwhile, in the electoral college, you can see why McCain is resorting to these tactics, and it will only get worse from him and his campaign the longer you see all those Blue states staying that way or expanding, particularly in traditional Republican “red states”, and as they get more desperate to turn the Democratic tide.

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