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Things the Conservatives have recently decided are wrong: One suspects this will become an occasional series


 

Questioning the partisan motives of a citizen who criticizes the government. Big no-no. Don’t even think about it, or you will find your eye on the Sparrow when the going gets narrow.

And yet. While one wonders where Ryan Sparrow would ever have come up with the idea that “He’s a Liberal” is a pertinent comeback to any policy critique (cough), one must entertain the possibility that he has simply learned his lessons well. Why, just as a f’rinstance, here’s one of Sparrow’s colleagues dismissing a constitutional criticism on the grounds that the critic had donated to the Liberals (while preferring the testimony of a scholar who had received money from the Harper government).

One presumes readers can come up with more examples.

Now, it is true that neither Linda Keen nor Errol Mendes is the father of a slain Canadian soldier, so Sparrow’s dig at Jim Davis has a certain gruesomeness to it that my other two cases don’t. (Its timing is poignant, too. I seem to recall events on a previous Sept. 11 that offered lessons in the value of democracy and political pluralism.) But the modus operandi is clear, field-tested, and apparently freshly off-limits as of this morning: when attacked, go ad hominem. Poor Ryan Sparrow: He was well trained, and he was only applying lessons learned.


 

Things the Conservatives have recently decided are wrong: One suspects this will become an occasional series

  1. Yes the whole “his opinion can’t be right because he doesn’t agree with us” argument does seem to be slightly circular.

  2. “Poor Ryan Sparrow: He was well trained, and he was only applying lessons learned.”

    I agree with well trained because this is how all political parties operate now. Can’t knock the message, go after the messenger.

  3. While one wonders where Ryan Sparrow would ever have come up with the idea that “He’s a Liberal” is a pertinent comeback

    How about the White House response to Cindy Sheehan?

  4. “You’re either with us or against us.” Yes, we all recognize that Bushist tenet!

  5. Sounds like you got off the plane just in time. CPoC is using the RCMP to keep Fife at a distance.

  6. Are you kidding me?? What a truly stupid thing to do. Not only was it tasteless, graceless, and completely lacking in any dignity, it was professionally questionable. I’d worry about an advisor that suggested such a short-sighted focus, let alone one that just went ahead and did it. I don’t agree with Harper a lot of the time, but I think he’s surrounded himself with some decent advisors. This guy’s clearly the exception.

  7. Ryan Sparrow was correct in his assumptions, and Stephen Harper has just shown that he lacks a backbone. Jim Davis should be ashamed of himself for his constant media courting in the name of his dead son, and stop embarrassing the people who truly loved Paul and remember him as he would want to be remembered – as a loving husband, soldier, and father. Stop treating him like a pawn in your little political grandeur Jim, everyone’s sick of it.

    Pauls Brother in law.

  8. Ryan, I think it’s pretty hard to say that Mr. Davis did anything wrong. He has been very gracious.

    That said, I think that this is mostly overblown. Worse than what Sparrow said is that he was merely sidelined. He has 2 minutes in the penalty box…

  9. While I consider Mr. Davis’s media appearances in extreme bad taste (as someone in the process of becoming an infantry officer), suggesting his motives are LIBERAL PARTISAN is absolute REVOLTING. If Harper had real guts he’d exile Mr. Sparrow from the Conservative Party permanently, not just ‘suspend’ his participation in the campaign.

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