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Cheesy Conservatives are Cheesy

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The Conservative government has released its first anti-Ignatieff ad campaign.  The web site is here.  The approach is not surprising; the ads portray Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff as arrogant, elitist, un-Canadian and — gasp! — cosmopolitan.  Of course they did not forget to include a reference to Ignatieff’s appearance on the cover of GQ.

Only time will tell whether this campaign will be as successful as the Conservatives’ previous ones — the ‘Not a Leader‘ campaign that turned respected public servant Stephane Dion into a national joke, and the ‘Permanent New Tax on Everything‘ campaign in which the Conservatives deployed a talking blob of grease to communicate to Canadians about the Liberals’ carbon tax proposal.**

My favourite of the new anti-Ignatieff ads is this one (you can also watch it at the web site, along with other video spots).   It’s an attack ad that attacks the Liberals for running attack ads.  Something about that just seems so right.

** As childish and condescending as the grease-spot ads were, they could not match the all-time record set several years ago by the NDP at this press conference on the dangers of asbestos.

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Written by Alex

May 14, 2009 at 1:11 am

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  1. I think this is a smart angle to take on attacking the guy. I seem to like most things coming out of his mouth, but don’t you guys find it sketchy the Liberal brass had to go and talk him into coming back to Canada to run?

    jk

    May 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

  2. I make fun of the ads, but I agree that it’s probably a good angle from which to attack Ignatieff. He has left a long trail of quotes over the years that play right into this critique (i.e. “If I am not elected, I imagine that I will ask Harvard to let me back”; source: http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=510196).

    It may play well with “the average voter.” Personally, I am not that uncomfortable with the fact that he was away for so long, and I have absolutely no problem with the fact that he had to be talked into running for office. All of our political leaders are in the game for one reason: to acquire and exercise power. It is not clear to me that we should be more comfortable with a leader who has always wanted power than with a leader who had to be talked into seeking power.

    Alex

    May 19, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    • Here’s Ignatieff’s reaction to the ads via Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGifqWMeZIA

      He met cheesy attack ads with a cheesy response. He just sounds like a bad actor playing up the drama. I am not very impressed with Canadian politics at the moment, on either side.

      jk

      May 24, 2009 at 7:33 am


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