Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I kind of like my name calling, smear campaigns, and mud slinging

The Green Party's new ad campaign is as interesting as it is confusing:

The ad is an attack ad on attack ads and parties that use said attack ads. Hmmm. Contradictory statements to be sure, but we can get past that and note that it's kind of a nice initiative. It may even be a successful one, though with only $10,000 expected to be spent, the effort may have to be stepped up a notch.

But, that being said, the claim that "this is not our Canada" is completely false. Personalized attack ads, including smear campaigns and name calling, have been going on since television first gave us the opportunity to do it. Remember such gems as the PC's 1993 ad? How about the 1984 debate where Mulroney pretty much equated John Turner with the scum on your boot? What about the entire 1988 strategy against the Liberals? Even Trudeau doesn't seem to have escaped accusations of attack ads.

Not our Canada? Please; it's pretty much been a staple of politics since before the majority of the Green Party's membership was born. And you know what, I kind of like it. I've grown to appreciate the art of the attack ad, though I'm not particularly fond of it all the time. That being said, I'll be the first to admit that Harper is a big stinky doo-doo head, and Jack Layton is about as useful as an opposition leader as Lizzy May is as an MP - oh wait (double whammy!). And don't even get me started on Michael Ignatieff - that pompous Russian count can go back to America, to his successful career and brilliant thoughts and inspiring ideas about democracy, modern liberalism, and practical international theory. Bastard.


  1. okay, but the ones against Ignatieff are almost inhumane. Some of the Schudzstaffel would get geat glee in.

  2. Oh, I agree. They're pretty bad, about as bad as you'll find out there. But you have to admire their effectiveness and the chutzpah of the Conservatives to run with something that could have backfired easily.