If I'm listening the pundits, reading the columns and scanning the news coverage, it would appear it's the Liberals campaign that is running into trouble. However, if I actually look at what HAS occured to date, it would seem the Liberals have been gaffe free, Dion feisty and strong, no controversies, the campaign running smoothly. It's like two parallel worlds, that show no relationship to each other.
Looking at the other campaigns, that apparently are running relatively well, the emerging narrative is even more perplexing. Day 1, Harper's war room presser falls flat on it's face, so much so the Conservatives ABANDON the concept. Harper is forced to pull down parts of the Conservative website, because of poor taste, a development that highlights the contradiction between fuzzy Steve and mean-spirited Steve. Yesterday, Harper flip flops on Afghanistan, and bigger still, does a complete 180 on May, isolated and alone, forced to back down. On top of that, a candidate is forced to step down, another candidate calls Harper a egomaniac and a control freak, while the husband of a third thinks Harper is a dictator. Yes, clearly the Conservative campaign has been gaffe free, running at optimum precision. Listening to the media, it's as though they've been seduced by the SWEATER and the fireside chats, because if you laid out what has transpired so far hardly a rousing start. People consider the above campaign is running according to plan? I bet if you presented this week as a theoretical, prior to the writ drop, Conservative strategists would have cringed.
The NDP has faced a firestorm of controversy, with protests to boot, striking at the heart of their entire message. And yet, they're on the march apparently, everything just peachy keen in NDP land. I guess flip flops are a positive now, who knew?
As far as I'm concerned, the Liberals have ran the best campaign to date, completely on message, no real hiccups, apart from the pre-writ plane fiasco (oh, and why isn't Harper using carbon offsets again?). Dion has looked good, the crowds have been encouraging, the campaign reactive and disciplined. Clearly, if you put the three campaigns side by side, it's the Liberals with the least amount of surprises, and yet, according to the media presentation, you would think it's the Liberals stumbling out of the gate. Frankly, I find it all AMAZING, because based on simple facts and developments, I've actually liked what I've seen, that is until I listen to a talking head or an all knowing columnist, with an agenda.
Maybe, it's just me.