Friday, December 01, 2006

Media, spin, noise and numbers

*It’s really getting loud here now, all the camps have filled the hallways and the main lobby with loud, boisterous, sign-totting supporters. It’s now one giant spontaneous flash mob. They’re going to yell themselves hoarse. Getting hard to hear myself think as I try to write something semi-coherent and intelligent sounding.

*First ballot voting was supposed to start at 3:00 pm with speeches running from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm, but the word is a problem with the voting machines has pushed everything back by an hour. Voting should now be underway, with speeches pushed back to 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. They were already saying after midnight for the first ballot results, now it will have to be well after 1:00 am. It’s going to be a loooong night folks.

*All kinds of numbers circulating in the hall and on the blogsphere around per centage turnouts, numbers of delegates registered, etc. Often contradictory information too. It should be noted at this point there are NO official numbers available, not that I’ve seen anyway. Different camps have numbers that they’re releasing, but you have to consider the source. Speculation and spin is fun, but ultimately fruitless at this point. We’ll get the first ballot numbers (eventually) and then we’ll know what’s what.

*The speeches will be in reverse order of votes, so Iggy will be speaking last. I’ll be heading down to the hall part way through the evening to catch the main candidates, I can’t sit in the hall for five straight hours of speeches. We’ve got tv up here in the blogger batcave. For the big guys though I want to be in the hall, you just can’t capture the spirit of the thing on TV. Besides, I could have watched it on the telly at home.

*Jean Chretien is giving a news conference now live and the bloggers are all glued to the tv. The cynical bloggers are counting the snide shots Jean is taking at Paul. He says the party is united though. He’s a cheaky one too, and funny. He’s retired, he’s happy, and he doesn’t give a shit. It's hard not to miss the old guy. Vive la Canada!

*I was interviewed this afternoon about blogging by Rob Laurie of the CTV affiliate in Montreal. If you’re in Montreal it’s supposed to be on the 6:00 pm newscast. I’m told it won’t be available online.

*Fresh rumour just into my inbox: Allan Rock is supposedly going to/has endorsed Stephane. I don't vouch at all for the credibility or accuracy of this rumour. Take it for what it's worth. CP is also running the unconfirmed reports.

*We've got three prominent Blogging Tories in the blogger batcave and their unanimous choice for whom they want to win tonight? Michael Ignatieff.

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Anonymous said...

BCer, I couldn't tell from the television report but did Chretien bring his suitcase full of golf balls??
And, you are so right, it is hard not to miss him...I mean sure, a few million dollars were stolen, but he saved the country!!

Anonymous said...

I saw you on the CTV news Montreal.