Monday, January 29, 2007

Smells Like Karl Rove

I heard the new Conservative ads attacking Stephane Dion on the radio this afternoon. In short they hit his record whilst he was Minister of the Environment. Being that Dion was, up until now, positioning himself as the environment guy, this looks like classic Karl Rove - hit your opponent's strengths.

Going into the 2004 presidential contest, one of John Kerry's perceived strengths was his distinguished war record. Rove created the Swift Boat Veterans group to cast doubts on it. By the time of the actual vote, the perception was that Kerry's military service was more of a liability than anything. I still remember seeing John Reynolds' smarmy visage at the 2004 GOP convention as he told Canadian reporters that he was there to learn how to win. And now we see that lesson in play.