Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Coordinate this.

As I watched a news conference yesterday where Stephane Dion said a few interesting things in his attack on the Government and Prime Minister Harper, I couldn't help but notice that Dion dragged out an old, tired, and purposely misleading statement attributed to the PM about greenhouse gasses. "He spoke about the 'so-called greenhouse gas emissions only weeks ago", Dion said while referring to PM Harper in an effort to paint the PM as a non believer in climate change contrary to what the PM has since stated.

Here is Harpers original response to a question about how his government plan was different than that of the opposition, you be the judge. "As we implement our clean-air agenda, the focus is a little different than the other parties. They focus only on so-called greenhouse gases and ignored smog entirely."

I did not have time to blog on the subject right after watching Dion try to mislead Canadians, but since then a few others have noticed and addressed the subject better than I could have, and the issue was discussed when the original quote was made back on December 14th, so I will leave it at that.

There is something else though I would like to discuss, and it came to my attention while I was looking at this poor excuse of a strategy from Dion and the Liberals, and it ties in nicely with what I had posted about yesterday, the Great Blogging Tory Conspiracy.

To sum it up, Jason Cherniak was making accusations about the Blogging Tories (BT) having some kind of coordinated effort and "campaign to assassinate the good character of St├ęphane Dion". My post of course was a parody of just how ridiculous this notion was and I was not alone in that opinion; even in his own comments section Jason takes a beating on the idea. Yet, in the face of everything he still wants to believe that when Dion or any Liberal does something stupid that any of the BT's are not capable of noticing and commenting on their own, it must be some kind of coordinated effort and conspiracy.

As crazy as it sounds I think I might have figured out why he is bothered by this so much. First off it is because in general his guy Dion is looking bad. Remember those post convention polls putting the Liberals ahead that they were so proud of? Well that lead not only disappeared it turned into a 7 -10 point loss for Dion and his pipe dream team, and you know that has to hurt. A downturn like that MUST be the result of a coordinated campaign, as it couldn't be Dion the Pures fault?

The other reason I believe that this "coordinated" effort is bothering him is that it is something that he would have liked to accomplish, but has not been able to do, but not for lack of trying. In other words, it looks like he has tried himself to do what he has accused the BT's of actually doing. Before you turn the channel and figure I have my foil hat on too tight, lets take a look at a something I found today after Dion pulled out the 'so called' half quote.


From Jason Cherniak (Thu, 14 Dec 2006 23:43:25):

Hi all,

In his final press conference of the year, Harper referred to "so
greenhouse gasses". I don't know about you, but I believe that this is
big screw up on his part.

If you agree, please mention it. It is the sort of thing that the MSM
should be forced to pick up.

Blogger Support Services: a non-profit corporation operating as
<http://www.liblogs.ca/> Liblogs

per: Jason R. Cherniak


< http://jasoncherniak.com/> http://jasoncherniak.com

It would seem that Jason was a bit upset that this non story never made it to MSM and wished to "force" them to pick up on it by coordinating an effort of liberal bloggers to write about it. I like this line the best, "It is the sort of thing that the MSM should be forced to pick up.", damn the facts, just get it out there. The MSM didn't bite, as there was no meat to the story and the attempt at a coordinated effort failed, or at least so I thought until Dion tried to pass of the same crap early yesterday at his news conference. Are the Liberals really that desperate that Dion has to use discredited talking points from Jason Cherniak?

There you have it conspiracy fans, what looks to be an actual attempt to heard cats, err I mean coordinate bloggers. It didn't work, and now it seems that Jason is upset that in his mind the BT's have succeeded where he failed and is trying to expose a conspiracy where none exists.

Hey Jason, allow me to let you in on some things. Most political bloggers do have some integrity, yes even Liberal ones as well, and these types of things are almost guaranteed to be exposed and fail in the end, such is the nature of blogging. The other thing is that the reason the BT's are having success where the Liblogs haven't is that we are working with better material. Dion is a dream come true for us, where as PM Harper is a nightmare for Liberals.

It really is that simple, and these Liberal 'Campaign of Fear'™ type tactics are not going to work, but keep trying as it makes our job on the other side all that much easier.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good blog entry btw. Quality doesn't always merit the credit it deserves.

Let's be honest here: liberals have squat to fight the next election on so the smoke and mirrors effect will be in play.
(real conservative)