We've learned 3 things this week about the political parties from news coverage.
Hudak bumbles everything.
Horwath is more right-wing than the Liberals.
And a Liberal candidate posted disparaging remarks about Women.
So. Do these matter? Do all of them? Some of them? None of them?
The answer is actually quite simple; it's all about confirming bias.
Are people afraid that Hudak is not as smart as he thinks he is? Yes. Are they afraid he will axe the government and hurt social services? Yes.
Do people think Horwath is a right-wing nut? No, they do not. Are they afraid that the NDP as a whole, federal and provincial, may be moving into new territory to the right, not being what they once were? Yes, that is a huge fear for NDPers.
Are the Liberals seen as anti-Woman? No. Is the only major Canadian party lead by an openly gay female biased against the entire female gender? Hell no.
Mistakes matter only when they confirm your deep suspicions. This week has been terrible for Hudak, not great for Horwath, and unremarkable for Wynne. Reminds me of the first week of the Quebec election campaign in some ways...
Regardless, lets go to the map, which shows not much change but a bit of solidification of the PC vote.
PS. A shout out to my mother, @rumscott on this mother's day. I hope you already regularly follow this blog *ahem*