There are two polls out today. One shows a big Conservative lead, the other a statistical tie. Two guesses which one we'll be hearing the most about today, and the first one doesn't count.
I'm not going to bother disecting the polls. I suspect the truth is likely somewhere in the middle. I think however that Peter Donolo, the former communications aide to Jean Chretien and the spokesperson for the company with the Cons way ahead poll, makes a good point here:
Mr. Donolo said the Liberals may be having difficulty marking out their territory, given that they are forced to sometimes criticize the government and at other times prop it up.
“They are unable to define themselves strongly or convincingly, because of the need to constantly bob and weave to avoid an election,” he said.
I agree. I think it's getting harder to accept the argument that no one outside of Ottawa pays attention to abstentions and what not. It is beginning to resonate south of the Queensway. And I'm sure the NDP already has TV ads cut to remind everyone in the next election campaign.
It's also pretty unclear to many right now just what the Liberals stand for these days. When the powers that be decide what we stand for, hopefully they'll let me know. Send me a memo or something.
In the mean time, while as I said I think the truth is somewhere in the middle of these two polls, I think I know which way it's probably trending, and it's not in the way I'd like.
Does that mean I'm backing off my call for an election on the budget? Hells no. If we're going to reverse the trend we need to toughen-up, start defining outselves, start hitting back at Harper, and bring this government down. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers