Liberal MP Robert Thibault made this comment, in reaction to this latest installment of "Liberals bad", which is actually telling:
"You expect that type of thing from them," West Nova MP Robert Thibault, a Liberal, said in a phone interview Monday.
"When you don’t have any ideas yourself, you attack the other people with the ideas."
If memory serves, these attack ads on The Green Shift, which have ran around the country at various times, represents the 5th or 6th seperate occasion, wherein the Conservatives have launched a negative campaign since Dion took the helm. For those keeping score at home, by my calculations the amount of positive ads, speaking to a Conservative vision and/or accomplishments, currently stands at ZERO. That's right, for all of Harper's pontifications about the litany of "results", the unparalled union of our federation, the "leading the world" nonsense, not ONE positive ad, nothing, nada, zilch. Given the Conservatives monetary advantages, the omission is entirely curious, but really a testament to what this government is all about.
Where are the ads, outlining Mr. Baird's "tough" plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The rhetoric says the Conservatives have a better plan, how about a compare and contrast ad, how about something to show Canadians that you are credible? Nope, can't have that, instead we are subjected to simple fear mongering and mean spirited ads. Surely, all those Conservative apologists must wonder why their party braintrust doesn't extoll the virtues of their tremendous contribution to this debate? Crickets.
Here's the good news, and a lesson which the Conservatives can't seem to grasp. The constant negativity, the perpetual attacks, have turned off many voters. The pollsters have consistently shown that the Conservatives are losing key demograpics, people they desperately need, if they are to expand their support. The percentage of women, across all age groups, which view the Conservatives as too partisan, mean and nasty, has gone up over the last year. Thinking strategically, it is almost astounding that the supposed chess masters continue along the same path, in essence reinforcing their own negative perceptions with the public. How this approach translates to expanding support escapes me, if anything the evidence suggest people want something else.
Where are the "vision" ads, where are the "good government" ads, why can't this government seem to offer anything but attacks? Maybe, it's because the reality of this government, they don't really have anything to offer anybody, apart from vote driven policies, the entire new Conservative Party predicated on what they dislike, what they "hate", rather than what they stand for. It is really an indication of a party that really stands for nothing, it's mainly nothing more than a reactionary entity. In the end, negativity is all they have, Harper more suited for leader of the opposition, than leader of men. Run the ads, and reinforce your own shortcomings, it really does says more about the messenger than anything else.