Friday, October 10, 2008

Shenanigans on the Campaign Trail

The Toronto Star's Richard Brennan calls shenanigans on Jack Layton's shady campaign tactics. He even suggests it's happening in other campaigns!
There is nothing spontaneous about it. The NDP rallies (actually they are all the same) are contrived. Before Leader Jack Layton arrives, supporters practice cheering and waving signs, are told where to stand and when to be excited on cue. The big thing with with the Layton rallies is to have many supporters lined up behind him so the crowds looks much larger than they are. Seldom does Layton break out of the safety of the NDP family.
I'm shocked! Shocked!

What I'd like to see in the future from such hard hitting journalism is:
  • An in depth investigation into the possibility that political campaigns hold rallies in rooms too small for the number of attendees. Not by accident - intentionally!
  • The folks standing behind leaders making campaign speeches may have known beforehand that an announcement was coming.
  • Party supporters calling your house looking for support may in fact be reading from a script.

These are just hunches. We need Richard Brennan to dive in and uncover the truth behind the shenanigans!


RP. said...

So funny Jim.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

My faith in democracy has been sunk.

Anonymous said...

haha...great post. You didn't hear it from me, but there is also a handbook put out by the NDP on how to hold an effective rally...lots of great tactics in there....but you didn't hear it from me.