Now that I’ve slept on it, the most interesting question about the Conservative “Just Visiting” ad (posted somewhere down below) is this: is a single, scattershot, web ad, leaked to Stephen Taylor’s blog, the extent of the Conservatives’ campaign against Michael Ignatieff? When they went against Dion, they went quick and very hard, with large-scale long-term ad buys in many markets and across media platforms (radio, TV, net). It was shock and awe on a scale Canadian pre-writ campaigning has rarely seen. And Dion wasn’t even ahead of the Conservatives in the polls. Ignatieff is. Has been for more than a month now. And the Conservatives take out a pea-shooter?
Once again, as I have at nearly every turn since (oh, I’m sure this is only a coincidence, but I might as well say it) since Guy Giorno came to town, I’m left wondering when this Prime Minister is going to boldly and persuasively execute anything.
INSTANT EGG-ON-FACE PROVE-I-KNOW-NOTHING UPDATE: Shows what I know:
OTTAWA— A day after launching attack ads against Michael Ignatieff on the Internet, the Harper Conservatives are bringing out the big guns for a sustained and broad negative campaign against the Liberal Leader — launching six spots to run on national TV.
The Conservatives are stepping up their attacks on Mr. Ignatieff in order to end what they suggest has been a “free ride” for the Liberal Leader in the Canadian media.
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