Inspired by Dee.
She posted a reference to this and then a link to Jennifer Smiths blog. Excellent blogger btw. Sharp and has a dry wit that I like. Below is a link to her second blog, Halton Watch and the entry of Jan 12th on Raitt's town hall meeting is there.
Why Halton you may wonder? Not like we haven't heard enough of that strange little burgh recently, wot? Well, read Jennifer's take on the meeting and the substance of it. It's pretty much self explanatory.
Now for a little commentary. Holding town halls and offering an exchange on issues of interest to the general public doesn't necessarily mean the conservatives intend to listen, but it sure does play well with the masses. Is The Group of One getting it? Could be.
Now on to Ignatieff briefly. Connecting with the street folk is something I have felt is a problem for him. I have stated this elsewhere and to his #1 organizer, but it appears to me they know better. Ok, I didn't run a successful political campaign against a badly divided right. Something for which the bows never seem to cease. But, I do have a sense for people, and while #1 organizer guy is busy kissing butt for bucks, the street people have 4 things they can associate to Iggy.
1. No democratic leadership convention.
2. When he talks publicly, he doesn't say anything or contradicts what he has said before. (Except Gaza)
3. He mimicked the conservatives on Gaza.
4. When he speaks publicly, he is very Stately and composed, while he is dodging giving meaningful answers and engaging in straight talk.
None of that has anything to do with spin, like the coalition issue. Them's the facts.
My impression of the Ignatieff camp so far, and I apologize if someone else has used this twist of Ignatieff's words first;
A Liberal if necessary, but not necessarily a Liberal