CFN – Sometimes politicians can be their own worst enemies. My political mentor, Keith Beardsley once spoke from the mountain.
He does that a lot. Some of what “Dr. Evil” says is highly valuable.
One of the first lessons he taught me was;
Don’t get caught in the splash.
Christine Elliott, former front runner in the leadership race, essentially panicked with her team flinging some political excrement about the Brown team fudging on numbers. I’m not sure I know of a politician that hasn’t fudged numbers. I do know that she’s sprinkled some of that PE all over her campaign now.
In a leadership race or election tempers and emotions can rise and clearly Mr. Brown, coming out of nowhere, has her team realizing that he is either ahead of Ms Elliott or really close. The leadership race is now a two horse sprint with Monte McNaughton around to trip up Ms Elliott near the finish if he can.
Mr. Brown has placed himself as a party clique outsider and stated the obvious, that the “old boys” that gave the party Tim Hudak, and they can not defeat Kathleen Wynne. That seed has grown roots, grass roots, and his campaign has the momentum right now with Elliott playing defense which is never how you score goals. Ask Wayne Gretzky.
Ms Elliott now is caught in the splash of her latest attack. Clearly her team have never read the Prince by Machievelli or hung out with talented people like Keith Beardsley.
As he or any good political battle room organizer could tell you an attack has to hit the target and resonate. This latest volley doesn’t pass the stink test. Every legal beagle will tell you to never ask a question unless you know the answer first, and in politics asking question or making an attack with lots of back doors is never very powerful.
It should be a very interesting race.
Who do you think will win? Brown? Elliott? Ontario? You can post your comments below.