The first full après smear polls are out and the verdict? It backfired.
The margin remains about 6 points with the Cons at 37 and the NDP at 31. But most significantly Layton has a 17 point bounce in his leadership rating.
Handle a drive by smear with grace and focus in the last three days of a close election and people see it for what it is – a desperate attempt to mess with real change. Can’t have real change break out can you?
Well maybe you can. And this may have helped convince voters that Layton is the one to deliver it.
The media was saying yesterday that they of course would never have gone with such a low rent story but since Sun Media did, well why not.
Why not? Maybe because it’s still a cheap story with an unidentified source from a mobbed up fake news network headed up by Harper’s former chief of staff? Just saying.
Here’s my unidentified source story for today. All roads seem to lead to the Tories, starting with the Toronto police force and the news outlet that ran the story in the first place. But journalists are saying this was first peddled two years ago by a Liberal operative, with the same unidentified source and no paper.
Whatever. It’s still a nasty and strategically dodgy move characteristic of the kind you reach for from the depths of out-of-control desperation. Wait maybe it was the Liberal campaign.
The other thing about today’s Nanos is the BC number. The gap is narrowing between the Cons and the NDP and the Liberal number continues to diminish.
Now, I’ve written against strategic voting this campaign, but my blog buddy RossK over at Pacific Gazetteer has pretty much nailed it in BC, with one exception that’s going to earn me a lot of flack.
He’s got May down in Saanich and the Islands. And I can’t disagree that if the goal is only to stop the Cons then that’s the vote.
But here’s my problem. I don’t think that’s the only goal. It’s a big one but not the only one.
One of my goals is to reduce the splintering of the left-of-centre vote, now and in the future. I don’t see how adding a fourth party to the mix in the House of Commons serves any goal except the long-term interests of the Conservatives.
I especially don’t see how it serves the interests of the environment to locate that issue within the brand of one party, which is what it will do.
Secondly, the NDP is running an excellent first nations candidate. And I believe if there is one unspoken blot on our nation which exceeds all others it is the continuing colonial legacy of Canada’s relationship with first nations from sea-to-sea-to sea.
Dismissing an excellent first nations candidate in the interests of splintering the vote and helping the Conservatives in the long run is not in the interest of the centre-left, the environment or the country.
Otherwise RossK is spot on.