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“Jab, Jab, Punch”

Lawrence Martin made an interesting comment on Twitter the other day when he said:

“Been watching Opposition leaders since Dief. Those who gain credibility do not knee-jerkingly go into a rage at everything the governing party does.” (@LMartinWashDC)

I have to admit that I am old enough to have watched politics from the time of the Diefenbaker-Pearson years right up until now and Lawrence Martin is right.

I’ve noticed that every little item the Trudeau Liberals do becomes a full-blown attack on them. What is the point?

Cry wolf to often and eventually people tune you out. Hell, I am a partisan and I have been one for many decades, but even I skip over the attacks from Scheer and his MPs when I see them on Facebook, Twitter and TV.

The Conservative attack team needs to learn to wait for a story to develop before going all out. Sometimes the real story is on day two or three. Often a story will change as new information comes to light. Failing to wait could end up with your leader swinging in the breeze for his first all out attack comments on the Liberals.

The Federal Conservatives need to think like a boxer and learn when to jab and when to punch. If all they do is round-house punches, they will be exhausted by the time it really counts.


Reader Comments (6)

Without an articulated alternative (KISS) to policies of the government of the day, any opposition is mere posturing. Scheer and the wussies posing as Conservatives are so lacking of vision and resolve that we might as well let Nice Hair drag Canada down until some real leadership steps up.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDollops - Eric Doll

I was involved in politics for decades and there has never been a true conservative in power, I was a conservative by the way. Canada's march to socialism has never abated, government has never been made smaller, taxes and spending have never been frozen. I think it is time to stand up and SCREAM in their lying faces. Then pummel them daily.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterold white guy

Pummel them daily yes. I ran QP for many years and agree. BUT you have to have a plan, vision and organized attacks, not random screaming at every little incident happening.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAtory01

While I agree that the CPC often fails in its communications strategy -- communications in its widest sense, including its MPs performing in QP -- I think the critics here have to define their terms. For instance:
- Lawrence Martin's selective memory & critique in saying "knee-jerkingly go into a rage at everything the governing party does". However "Stephen Harper ... Stephen Harper" being used constantly by Justin Trudeau as the perpetrator of every ill besetting Canada mercifully stopped because of his Liberals' magic interventions. Isn't that as "knee-jerkingly"?

- "I’ve noticed that every little item the Trudeau Liberals do becomes a full-blown attack on them."
So what happened to the mantra that the opposition's role is to oppose? I have not been as faithful a watcher of QP as when the Conservatives were in power (my stomach can only stand some churningly sickening performances from the virtue-signaller-in-chief) but it seems the Conservatives have been hammering away at: 1. no carbon tax, 2. the ever-rising deficit, and 3. the various ethical lapses of the gang who supposedly can do no wrong.
So what "every little item" are the Conservatives "knee-jerkingly" griping about?

- Finally, what is "a true conservative"? Is it one who is forever relegated to the sidelines because of rigidly holding on to views which are unacceptable to a majority of Canadians? Or is a "true conservative" the kind of person who prefers to stay home on voting day because his/her pet peeve has not been addressed by the CPC? I'd rather have a flexible conservative than a patronizing. liberal sitting in the PM's chair.

Look, there are some Scheer policies and positions I have doubts about. For instance, Mr. Scheer kicking Senator Beyak out of caucus because of her opinion on the controversial indigenous issue. As I understood it, she echoed the same opinion that Pierre Trudeau's government had recommended in its 1969 White Paper.
"... the Pierre Trudeau government released a White Paper, stating the government’s intention to eliminate native status and the Department of Indian Affairs."
Mr. Scheer's decision was particularly disappointing because in his campaign for the leadership he seemed to champion absolute free speech (which I do not, I believe there are times when one has to use moderate language to achieve moderately acceptable results). But my vote will still go to the Conservatives because they generally reflect my own POV better than the so-called progressives do.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGabby in QC

flexible conservatives have been part of the problem all my life.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterold white guy

Conservative ideas when properly communicated are winning ideas. Too often conservatives accept the premise of the hate mongering left wing press and want to be liked so badly that they adopt their policies. The fact is, as we saw with Harper that no matter what you do they will always hate you. There's no middle ground. None. Win on policy and quit adopting the liberal ones.

December 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjames

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