The question people might be asking the morning of June 29th is, why didn’t Stephen Harper get himself a little dirty and knock out Paul Martin when he had the chance at the English debate June 15th? Just before the debate started Andrew Coyne
was getting nervous previewing his column out tomorrow suggesting that the Liberal campaign might just be working. But a post debate snap Ipsos-Ried
poll says, “not so fast”! 37 percent picked Harper as the winner (Martin: 24, Layton: 18, Duceppe: 7 – [Ed – 7! Seven for Duceppe? That is a crime!
]) What debate were those 2000 people watching. And even Coyne
admits that “All three networks' "regular folks" panels pronounced heavily for Harper -- even the CBC's” So perhaps on June 28th we’ll all be talking about the Harper Groundswell. Although Damian Penny
thought Harper, “appeared calm and, dare I say it, Prime Ministerial. If anyhing, he was too calm - at some points he reminded me of "Perry Como: Still Alive" on SCTV.”
More questions, fewer answers:
The other question Dispatches is asking is that if Paul Martin could have so easily “swept all this under the carpet," then why didn’t he? [Ed: Here’s a question: What happened to the political statements of political statements, “it’s the economy, stupid?” Big, huge, English language debate, and was there anything about the economy?
Good point, but it’s hard to talk about the economy when Star Wars is on the radar.] PS:
As Paul Wells
dryly noted, “These guys had two hours to discuss their plans for governing half a continent. A trillion-dollar economy. A national government for 30 million people. You'd think they'd have a lot on their minds”
And seriously Layton kept talking about all the American congressmen he talked to about Star Wars – that agree with him no less. Like who, Mr. Layton? Insert Dennis Kucinich
reference at your own peril. Are they secretly endorsing Layton like John Kerry’s mystery foreign leaders? Can we please get Bombardier
to work on some sort of shock collar to put on Gilles Duceppe so that it would just shock the separatist out of him and get him into power? He is devastatingly calm, cool, and collected in an almost eerie Silvio
from The Soprano’s type of way. He is zen, wise, and doesn’t care all at the same time. You can’t look away.
More angles, less substance :
Dispatches’ Central Lonsdale Correspondent checks in to say, “What's the deal with the faux-brick sponge painted wall prop? It looks straight out of Mr.Zim’s grade 8 drama class. I also like the appropriate placing of the word 'debate' behind Martin...like if you didn't know what you were watching you could confirm with the cheesy signage.”
Who picked out the ties for Harper, Martin, and Layton? We’re just saying. PS2:
Have you ever watched a debate on a big screen? At work I watched it on a projection huge TV deal. Let me just say, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen CTV’s Craig Oliver
in giant vision. It’s glorious. PS3:
On the post-debate TV coverage. Now in the US you would have instant big name win-loss analysis. The CBC counters with 5 average people - leading off with a school teacher. Look I can do my own half-assed analysis thank you very much. Bring on somebody who knows something I don't.
Debate Two Report Card Time:
Still standing. Bonus points for new drinking game - which could have been created over how many times the PM said “weaponization of space.”
Sometimes you have to pull a Kirk Gibson 1988 clutch home run to seal the deal. Why was he fouling off so many pitches instead?
We said this on day one of the campaign…who is seriously heading into the voting booth and thinking “Star Wars”?
Is there no way to get this man into 24 Sussex Drive?