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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Politics 101: Keep Your Base Happy
It was good politics, I argued, because "law and order" issues play well to Harper's base. I remember the reporter who interviewed me was skeptical about this because, after all, Canada is such a liberal country.
Well lo and behold a recent poll shows that 53 percent of Canadians support the government's position on this.
What's more, support for revoking clemency is highest in British Columbia (61 per cent) and Alberta (58 per cent) which just happen to be the two provinces where a large chunk of the Conservative base resides.
So maybe the lesson from all this is that Harper should play to his base a little more.
Posted by Gerry Nicholls on January 31, 2008 | Permalink
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Highest in BC eh? Do you think a couple of recent cases close to home opened peoples eyes?
I guess pedophiles are on their own from now on. Does Thailand still have the death penalty?
Posted by: dp | 2008-01-31 11:04:08 AM
I wonder what the national average of the opinions of ALL Canadians is on this issue?
The article itself attempts to suggest that the support for the death penalty was 53% throughout the country, when that poll was done by the sun and global. We all know how reputable that paper is!
I wonder what type of people voted in that poll?
Look at the bloody ignorant comment after wards. It imply's that anyone who is against the death penalty is a pedophile!
I finally get what these internet conservative institutions are for!
It's not to convince me, I'm rational, and politically educated!
Your just fibbing to yourselves!
Posted by: notloz | 2008-01-31 12:42:29 PM
I don't think I was implying what you are implying, but maybe it was a subconscious thing.
Posted by: dp | 2008-01-31 1:37:54 PM
Most people know that sexual perversions are conservative staple.
Posted by: notloz | 2008-01-31 2:06:46 PM
Most people know that sexual perversions are conservative staple.
Posted by: notloz | 2008-01-31 2:07:00 PM
Notloz wrote: I wonder what the national average of the opinions of ALL Canadians is on this issue?"
Why don't you do some research and find out? Or were you hoping to have it handed to you?
Notloz wrote: "The article itself attempts to suggest that the support for the death penalty was 53% throughout the country, when that poll was done by the sun and global. We all know how reputable that paper is!"
Doubtless you prefer the Toronto (aka "Red") Star.
Notloz wrote: "I wonder what type of people voted in that poll? Look at the bloody ignorant comment after wards. It imply's that anyone who is against the death penalty is a pedophile!"
Look at the bloody bad grammar in the preceding. He can't even spell "afterwards" or "implies." And actually, that comment was referring to pedophiles facing extradition to countries WITH the death penalty. Too bad we cannot count Canada among their number.
Notloz wrote: "I finally get what these internet conservative institutions are for!"
And your conclusion, O font of infinite wisdom?
Notloz wrote: "It's not to convince me, I'm rational, and politically educated!"
Too bad you're not grammatically educated. Rational people do not splatter their posts with exclamation points.
Notloz wrote: "Your just fibbing to yourselves!"
Screamed the demographic of denial and doobies.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-01-31 2:50:40 PM
Notloz wrote: "Most people know that sexual perversions are conservative staple."
And yet it's liberals who are dying of AIDS.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-01-31 2:51:26 PM
Every Aids patient I know is (or has been) a political conservative. None have been pedophiles.
***shrug, again ****
Posted by: trudeau's ghost | 2008-01-31 3:34:47 PM
Trudeau's Ghost wrote: "Every Aids patient I know is (or has been) a political conservative. None have been pedophiles."
How many do you know? And is the sample representative?
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-01-31 3:52:15 PM
I dissagree that most perverts are conservative. Maybe sexually disfunctional, but not perverts. The ones that do get caught just get more attention. Aids is still by far more prevalant in homosexual men. Is that a conservative group?
Don't misinterpret this as bigotry please. I know aids does not discriminate.
Posted by: dp | 2008-01-31 4:04:33 PM
The trolls have got out of their cage again I see.
The poll seems to be very representative concerning BC, and I think it has little to do with how they vote in general. In fact I doubt that the majority of Canadians could get worked up much over the fate of Canadians convicted abroad in a fair trial. This is not an issue that keeps people up at night.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-01-31 6:35:28 PM
Haha Shane you blew your loaded rhetoric before I could get to you.
Conservatives aren't gay?
What about Ken Malman, Karl Rove and Condalizza
Oh Jeff Gannon also had that gay web page!
Posted by: notloz | 2008-01-31 11:09:19 PM
Notloz has been playing football without his helmet again.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-01-31 11:29:43 PM
Shane I was hoping that you would at least have an argument for A couple of days. You validate my position with non-arguments like that.
Posted by: notloz | 2008-02-01 10:38:27 AM
"You blew your loaded rhetoric" and listing four people constitutes an argument? I'll give you an argument when you give me something to work with.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-02-01 4:48:33 PM
Why even give the liberal the time of day? Who cares? Fact is most most aids still get passed though Homosexual contact...and ALL the pedophiles I know(I work in a prison) are LIBERAL...I do no know one conservative one. WHY? Simple...they know the liberals are the softest on crime and forgive easiest. Strange thing is I know a DIE HARD liberal I knew from University. She is now a prosicutor and even though she calls herself a liberal, she is very tough on crime now...because she has seen these wastes of skin deal and cry and pander to the John Howards and Liz Fry's of the world...wake up...they wont get better, they wont rehabillitate and they will re-offend...
As for Harper...he should have worked on his base a little more. I personally dont think he has done enough house cleaning of liberal saboteurs in the government agencies.
Posted by: SW | 2008-02-01 7:52:38 PM
SW Your all the proof I need to show how linear minded some conservatives are.
Posted by: notloz | 2008-02-03 9:46:15 AM
"not loz" of brains, that much is certain.
And a raging bigot as well.
I always enjoy it when the "enlightened" ones show up. speaking down to all, once again showing that true intolerance always comes from the twisted left.
Here, allow me to lift up your rock, so you can crawl back under it.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-02-03 12:27:01 PM
Notloz wrote: "SW Your all the proof I need to show how linear minded some conservatives are."
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-02-04 11:40:45 AM
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