Do voters just tune out Trump’s sins?

It’s not that voters are dumb, it’s just that they’re busy. And in the midst of a brutal global pandemic, it’s become even worse

Do voters just tune out Trump’s sins?Forget it. Two years ago, in a limitless and sunny August when a global pandemic seemed like an impossibility, my daughter and I knocked on doors for the Democrats in Portland, Maine. We were using a list of registered Democrats living in a tidy West Portland neighbourhood. The houses weren’t terribly big nor terribly small.…

Has the tide finally turned on Donald Trump?

Polls shows older Americans abandoning Trump because they’re appalled by his mismanagement of the pandemic

Has the tide finally turned on Donald Trump?None of us. There’s a simple reason why no one really wants to say Donald Trump is going to lose the U.S. presidential election in 2020. Because no one really got it right in 2016. I’m one of the many who got it wrong. Never saw it coming. And I was close enough to the…

The HORROR! COVID-19 diagnosis could save Trump’s campaign

The entire Democratic Party strategy – to make the election a referendum on Trump – now lays on the floor, discarded

The HORROR! COVID-19 diagnosis could save Trump’s campaignIn another October, in another democratic contest, a man’s disability – a man’s health – almost changed everything. In October 1995, Quebec was voting in a second referendum on independence. The federalist side had been winning – until Quebec’s separatist premier passed control of the campaign to the younger and more popular leader of the…

Has Donald Trump finally been tripped up?

Has Donald Trump finally been tripped up?When I was a kid at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Dallas, Texas, we would stand at our desks every morning and do the Declaration of Independence. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands,” we’d say, our hands over our hearts.…

Just what does Erin O’Toole really believe in?

After becoming Conservative leader, he’s flip-flopped on policy. But when you try to be all things to all people, you end up satisfying nobody

Just what does Erin O’Toole really believe in?The best way to win the Republican presidential nomination in the United States, someone once said, is to run as far as possible to the right. Then, when one wins the nomination? Start running back to the centre. Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O’Toole heeded that advice. His leadership campaign was brimming with the…

Don’t expect a federal election any time soon

In a pandemic, the fundamentals of electioneering and voting can get some of us sick – and make some of us die

Don’t expect a federal election any time soonThere isn’t going to be a federal election in Canada. Not anytime soon, anyway. Blame COVID-19. For a while, it looked like there could be. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberals had surged ahead of the leaderless Conservatives in the polls. His lead was big – big enough to suggest a parliamentary majority was likely.…

How the Opposition can use the WE scandal to topple Trudeau

It gives them an opportunity to totally dismantle the Liberal Party’s leadership and the party’s policies

How the Opposition can use the WE scandal to topple TrudeauThe metastasizing WE scandal has many tendrils, like a noxious weed. It is spreading, inexorably, into the centre of the Trudeau government. It may kill it. The fundamentals are well-known. Justin Trudeau’s immediate family received hundreds of thousands in secret payments – after he became Prime Minister. Trudeau thereafter handed a billion-dollar contract to WE,…

Justin just keeps digging his political grave

With the WE scandal, Trudeau is at it again

Justin just keeps digging his political graveThe coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest events of our collective lifetimes. You don’t have to take a poll. It just is. Millions of Canadians without work. Companies going bankrupt. Families in crisis. And, of course, 110,000 of us infected with Covid-19, and more than 9,000 dead. It has been a cataclysm. It has…

A twisted path brings the Cambridge Analytica scandal home to Canada

The links between Christopher Wylie, Victoria-based AggregateIQ and the Liberal Party of Canada must be probed

A twisted path brings the Cambridge Analytica scandal home to CanadaIt’s the biggest political scandal in the world. And it involves a bunch of Canadians. For some time, it’s been known that Vladimir Putin’s Russia and assorted other outlaw states, like North Korea, have been engaged in acts of cyber war against democracies around the globe. Long before special counsel Robert Mueller was hired to…

Data breach tsunami sweeps toward Liberals

In the wake of Christopher Wylie's revelations of personal information mined for political purposes, there will be damage enough for everyone

Data breach tsunami sweeps toward LiberalsIt almost seems kind of quaint. Back when the Conservative Party of Canada was running things, the commentariat were apoplectic about something called CIMS: the Constituent Information Management System. “Tory database draws ire of privacy experts,” went one CTV News headline. An “unethical invasion of Canadians' privacy,” thundered Conservative-turned-Liberal MP Garth Turner. It was “chilling,”…

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategy

Instead of going nuts with other people's money, Ontario's premier should be looking for a narrative to sell to voters

Kathleen Wynne’s desperate vote-seeking strategyThere are all kinds of clichés about how and why governments lose elections. That they defeat themselves. That they die by degrees. That they become the very thing they ‎once pledged to always oppose. Mostly, though, governments forget the plot. All of governing – all of the politics – is telling a story, every single…

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?

Ontario's premier has been brought back from the dead more than once. But her competitors now seem more legitimate and committed

Has Kathleen Wynne finally run out of luck?For a while there, Kathleen Wynne looked like the luckiest politician alive. Just six weeks ago, as she surveyed the political landscape, this is what the Liberal premier of Ontario saw: Andrea Horwath's New Democrats had been in a witness protection program for months. And, when they were finally starting to show signs of life,…
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