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Don’t drink the water


 

In light of tonight’s debates, it is probably worth revisiting the advice Patrick Muttart, a top advisor to Stephen Harper, once provided to British Tory leader David Cameron.

In the documents, Mr Muttart says Mr Cameron should ‘practise staring down Brown while the camera is focused on the moderators, other leaders. Makes your opponent feel uncomfortable’. But he adds that when Mr Cameron is ‘attacking/rebutting’ he should ‘look at his opponent’s shoulder and not his face. Facial reactions can be distracting/destabilising’.

Personal attacks, meanwhile, should be ‘well-timed and well-constructed’ but used infrequently ‘for the biggest impact’. Most of Mr Muttart’s advice is listed under a section entitled ‘key presentation points’. It states: ‘Ensure Cameron has room-temperature water. Cold water (with ice) tightens the throat. You should control his water – not the TV studio. ‘When Brown/Clegg is addressing Cameron he should not write notes. To viewers it looks rude.’

He also urges Mr Cameron to ‘use viable, easy-to-understand solutions versus abstract ideological musings’.


 

Don’t drink the water

  1. "Seeing your opponent in person may cause an explosive rise in bile. This is to be expected, but resist the urge to attack your opponent's ancestors, patriotism or career history. Such things are best left to arms'-length attack ads and may be off-putting when actually spoken by the leader of a First World nation.

    Resist the urge to overturn the table, scream "COALITION!!!" and hurl objects at your opponents. You may actually believe that they are plotting the socialist takeover of your country and will enslave the West to fund their mandatory gay daycares, but it sounds ridiculous when spoken aloud.

    Above all else, you must sound as though you respect Canada's political system. Find some bland, meaningless defense of prorogation, stonewalling of committees, targeting Opposition parties' revenues, spending public funds to advertise your party, abusing a stimulus plan to spread pork around your own members' ridings, claiming Cabinet confidence on costs of new legislation, lying to Parliament, providing a repeat felon access to secret information on an ongoing war (while denying Parliament access to those same documents), breaking your own fixed-election date law, engaging in personal attacks on civil servants who do their jobs, stacking the Senate with party hardliners, abusing election finance laws, and so on."

  2. "Seeing your opponent in person may cause an explosive rise in bile. This is to be expected, but resist the urge to attack your opponent's ancestors, patriotism or career history. Such things are best left to arms'-length attack ads and may be off-putting when actually spoken by the leader of a First World nation.

    Resist the urge to overturn the table, scream "COALITION!!!" and hurl objects at your opponents. You may actually believe that they are plotting the socialist takeover of your country and will enslave the West to fund their mandatory gay daycares, but it sounds ridiculous when spoken aloud.

    Above all else, you must sound as though you respect Canada's political system. Find some bland, meaningless defense of prorogation, stonewalling of committees, targeting Opposition parties' revenues, spending public funds to advertise your party, abusing a stimulus plan to spread pork around your own members' ridings, claiming Cabinet confidence on costs of new legislation, lying to Parliament, providing a repeat felon access to secret information on an ongoing war (while denying Parliament access to those same documents), breaking your own fixed-election date law, engaging in personal attacks on civil servants who do their jobs, stacking the Senate with party hardliners, abusing election finance laws, and so on."

    • LOL I LIKE those!

  3. Well since everybody knows all these 'tricks' I don't think it will make much difference.

    I am reminded of the time though when Paul Martin as FinMin was presenting the budget, and discovered someone had replaced his water glass with one of straight gin. LOL

  4. Well since everybody knows all these 'tricks' I don't think it will make much difference.

    I am reminded of the time though when Paul Martin as FinMin was presenting the budget, and discovered someone had replaced his water glass with one of straight gin. LOL

  5. LOL I LIKE those!

  6. I'm not interested in providing helpful advice; how funny is that? Here's the six point plan:

    1. Bring up that idea your driver liked but the campaign manager won't let you use. You're the one who knows how to connect with real people.

    2. TV viewers and voters in general enjoy discussions of economic principles or even better present it as a lecture theme. Name drop political philosophers to bolster your point of view.

    3. Sprinkle your conversation with folksy sayings for the old folks and groovy sayings to let the kids know how G you are. Dont hide your light under a bushel, let it all hang out. (And say things like that)

    4. Everyone likes a good interruption, especially the moderator. Glare at him and put him in his place if he says anything. No one likes those pesky public broadcasters (except for Don Cherry) anyway.

    5. Use funny names for your opponents. Try out some of those ones Garry Breitkeurz and his gun buddies used at the fund raiser.

    6. Speaking of the gun registry, bring your long gun to the debate. Props are a great idea and you'll own the polls in Lloydminster.

  7. I'm not interested in providing helpful advice; how funny is that? Here's the six point plan:

    1. Bring up that idea your driver liked but the campaign manager won't let you use. You're the one who knows how to connect with real people.

    2. TV viewers and voters in general enjoy discussions of economic principles or even better present it as a lecture theme. Name drop political philosophers to bolster your point of view.

    3. Sprinkle your conversation with folksy sayings for the old folks and groovy sayings to let the kids know how G you are. Dont hide your light under a bushel, let it all hang out. (And say things like that)

    4. Everyone likes a good interruption, especially the moderator. Glare at him and put him in his place if he says anything. No one likes those pesky public broadcasters (except for Don Cherry) anyway.

    5. Use funny names for your opponents. Try out some of those ones Garry Breitkeurz and his gun buddies used at the fund raiser.

    6. Speaking of the gun registry, bring your long gun to the debate. Props are a great idea and you'll own the polls in Lloydminster.