The organized grassroots -

The organized grassroots


Tony Keller profiles Nick Kouvalis, political strategist behind Rob Ford and the founder of Respect for Taxpayers.

Respect for Taxpayers is one more step toward a politics of permanent election, in which elected officials are constantly pressured, attacked or influenced by opponents who don’t sit next to them or across the aisle at city hall, at Queen’s Park or in Parliament. It’s also a move away from parties as the sole vehicles for politics, to a politics that is more and more outside of the legislature, in what 19th-century British parliamentary reformers called “out of doors.” Unlike those in the early 19th century, who were on the outside because they didn’t have the vote, today’s out-of-doors groups are there by choice. It’s easier on the outside—you can spend as much as you like, and your fundraisers don’t have to wear straitjackets. Going direct to voters may even deliver greater influence.


The organized grassroots

  1. Yes, it’s easy to stand outside and criticize and bully, and never have to take responsibility.

    A slippery slope in fact.

  2. Democracy for sale! Get yer democracy! Going fast!

  3. “The enemy is the Working Families coalition, a collection of unions that for the last eight years has targeted the Ontario Progressive Conservatives while helping—though not officially—the Liberals.”

    Much better article than I was expecting. Gave balance to issue, what Kouvalis is trying to achieve, and provided some perspective of what others are up to also. 

    Good luck to, Kouvalis. He will need it. 

  4. “The Rob Ford campaign had one of its members anonymously call John Tory’s radio show and bait him about his integrity in a strategy to keep Tory out of Toronto’s mayoral race.

    Nick Kouvalis, Ford’s deputy campaign manager and now the mayor-elect’s chief of staff, told a forum Friday that his success in keeping Tory out of the race was a “huge victory” and “Rob won because of it.”…

    Kouvalis disclosed the election tactics less than a week after admitting the Ford campaign set up a fake Twitter account for “queensquaykaren” (aka Karen Philby) — a supposed Smitherman supporter, complete with photo and profile — to covertly obtain a recording of a potentially damaging phone conversation between Ford and an OxyContin drug user.”

    Well thank heaven he’ll no longer be stuck in a “straitjacket”. Just wait till you see his INNER a**hole.

  5. Kouvalis is smart, no doubt. But if you look at some of his Tweets, he comes across as  a triumphant a**hole filled with premature glee. His great creation, Ford Nation, is…um…unsatisfactory for a city like Toronto.. But Ford(s) is just the snot on the far end of a constantly twanging elastic. The political market bought him low, they wont buy him so. The elastic will swing back. Violently, unfortunately. Imagine Mike Layton as mayor.


    Meanwhile Mr. Kouvalis will be welcomed as genius in the halls of will-to-power. And he may well be effective in the short term.But, pretty soon now, as militant Norquist-ists and Ayn-ians south of us gradually make the populace shake the shingles from the collective eye, this goofiness shall, too, find its own low end in a ditch of their own making. Nick is just furiously digging it.