Is Harper The Teflon PM?

Here’s a clip that pretty well sums up tonight’s leadership debate for me….

Harper Doesn’t Accept Truth by Paul Dechene

Ignatieff lays out a lot of Harper’s dictatorial behaviour and Harper’s response is simply that he doesn’t accept the truth of that attack. He doesn’t deny the attack, he just doesn’t accept the truth of it, then he moves on.

It’s how much of the debate went. Iggy, Layton and Douceppe kept taking shots, Harper would just deny them, shrug them off then talk about something else. It was a pretty effective strategy. The National Post’s livebloggers concluded the PM played a strong defensive game and I have to admit they’re right.

Even though the opposition leaders tried to focus the debate on Harper’s anti-democratic behaviour and his government’s corruption, nothing seemed to stick. Personally, I’m not seeing the debate changing Harper’s nine point lead much. I’m calling it a win for the Cons.

Incidentally, right after the debates ended, we recorded episode zero of the Dogcast in which we discuss the debate as well as many other very nerdy topics (Dr Who! The Shadow! The Royal Wedding!). Expect to see that on the blog in a few days.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

6 thoughts on “Is Harper The Teflon PM?”

  1. Classic American-style deflections perfected on Crossfire and Sunday morning talk shows by Republicans ‘tween 1998-2002. I watched every week, I witnessed it. I tried to warn people, but most people are 45 years behind when it comes to acknowledging the gross dishonestly of rightwing politicians.

    American Conservatives actually have well-funded schools for this sort of thing, you know. It’s how they’ve got so far with so very little human talent.

  2. Harper said…”I don’t accept the truth” enough times to make for interesting sound bytes, no??

  3. Politics is no longer about policies, it’s about media manipulation and marketing. It’s sickening, but when Harper is able to rewrite history and people do NOT remember the truth, then this so-called “democracy” is up for grabs to the one able to sway the hearts, not minds, of the voters.

    Keep vigilant! Challenge the lies! Go Dog Blog go!

  4. I might be way off base here, but the majority of the people who are going to vote for Harper are going to do it regardless of what he says during the debate. Meaningless.

  5. Moon Daddy: Correct, the majority of Harper voters are already in the choir. However, the government and entire election teeters on the razor thin divide between those undecideds leaning towards Harper/majority government/end to the 2-year election cycle, and the No. 2 party in their riding.

    I.E. All it’s going to take to throw this thing to Harper is probably less than 500 stupid, gullible people in a dozen ridings…so around 6,000 stupid, gullible Canadians. Methinks he’s liking his chances.

    Anyway, talking politics is now the habit of the underclass loser.

    Learn about macroeconomic theory, finance, the prime lending rate if you want to be cool in the ’10s.

  6. I have a little bit of “election buzz” just because I like elections, but this particular election has me feeling a bit down: either we’ll have the dreaded Harper Majority, or we’ll be pretty much back where we were, with the numbers shifting a bit here and there, and the wonderful “I-dare-you-to-force-an-election” Harper Minority we’ve been “enjoying” for some time now. Guh.

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