Thursday, January 12, 2006

Could this be Paul Martin's John Kerry Moment?

With the latest revelations that Paul Martin approved those ultra-radical military ads, it has some people wondering, is this Martin's John Kerry moment?

You might recall the 2004 US Presidential campaign, where Kerry remarked the now infamous, "I voted for the war before I voted against it."

Could we expect Martin, in the coming days, to distance himself from the ad? Will he say, "I approved the ad before I disapproved it"?

Warren Kinsella thinks so, saying today: "Clip and save this and post it to your fridge door. You will want it for the moment, arriving soon, when Paul Martin (a la Kim Campbell, his muse) denies that he knew anything about the barrage of Liberal attack ads, one of which has dramatically damaged the party's campaign."

Even if he does not distance himself from the ad, he may be undone like John Kerry in 2004 by this ad flop. It seems like Marin has distanced himself from his own party by saying he approved the ads when Anne Mclellen, Ralph Goodale, and Keith Martin said Martin did not. But Ujhal Dosanjh said he approved every one. Which one is it?

At any rate, this flip-flop, while bad in itself, is also symbolic. It may be Martin's Kerry moment - where so many things are going bad for the Liberal's campaign at once that this encapsulates all that is wrong with it: coherence takes a back seat to "promises written on the back of a cocktail napkin" (h/t Monte Solberg) in order to capture the votes of focus groups accross the country.

In trying to satisfy all, he may satisfy none.

2 comments:

Ron Chusid said...

I don't know anything about Paul Martin, but check out your facts on Kerry. He never said he voted for the war before he voted against it.

You are confusing this with a sound bite taken out of context during the campaign in which Kerry was speaking about funding during the war. There were two separate votes. Kerry voted yes on the first vote, and voted no when there were changes in the specifics as to how this would be funded.

The speach was well received and his statement made perfect sense in context, but of course sounds absurd when taken out of context as was done in a political campaign.

Jonathan said...

Well John Kerry even admitted that his "speach" was a gaffe, saying "It just was a very inarticulate way of saying something, and I had one of those inarticulate moments late in the evening when I was dead tired in the primaries and I didn't say something very clearly,"

Clearly, this is exactly the follow of Paul Martin at the moment. Sure, Martin has a position. But it is incoherent and inarticulate.