According to this article Peter Donolo, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s new Chief of Staff, will work hard to depress the NDP vote.
I would wholeheartedly support such an action, because for years the NDP vote has depressed me.
But seriously, while working as a pollster Donolo repeatedly declared that for the Liberals to win a majority, they must steal voters away from the NDP.
As he once told the media, the Liberals have to "polarize the electorate" and make the Liberal leader the default for voters who dislike Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
For this to happen Donolo says support for the NDP needs to be pushed down to the 10 percent range.
What does this mean for Ignatieff?
Well I guess it means we can soon expect him to go around telling people that his favourite book is Das Kapital, that his favourite song is Solidarity Forever and that his favourite colour is orange.
Who knows, this could work? Recall how former NDP supporter and union boss, Buzz Hargrove embraced the Liberals in 2006. Or was it the Bloc Quebecois, he supported?
Anyway, the point is the Tories will have to counteract this Liberal plan.
Simple. They just have to make left winger voters angry. It’s a well known fact that when socialists get angry they instinctively stick to their usual political collectives.
And luckily for the Conservatives making socialists angry is easy.
Here, for instance, are five sure-fire measures the Tories could do right now to rile up the left and keep them voting NDP:
* Have Prime Minister Stephen Harper say something controversially pro-American, such as “the United States is not the centre of all evil in the universe.”
* Whenever an NDPer exalts the name of Tommy Douglas, any nearby Tory MP should automatically respond by asking: “Tommy who?”
* The Conservative government should say it’s considering handing over the operations of our health care system to Walmart.
* Declare the Alberta tar sands a national treasure.
* Threaten to invade Venezuela.
Trust me, anyone of these ideas is guaranteed to have enraged left-wingers marching on Parliament Hill in no time.