Pseudo Tories are Tories’ biggest problem

The greatest threat to the future of the Conservative Party of Canada doesn’t come from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

Nor from the NDP, no matter who their next leader is.

It comes from Conservatives who want to be Liberals.

Some call themselves “Red Tories,” others “self-loathing” Conservatives, still others, ahem, Conservative “strategists.”

What they all share in common is that they agree with the Liberals that the Liberals are the natural governing part of Canada and so it’s important for Conservatives to think like Liberals, and act like Liberals, to trick the public into voting for them.

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  • Cat-astrophe

    For more information on this topic see: Continental Breakfast

    “Conservatives shouldn’t focus too much on $10.5-million Khadr settlement or risk looking ‘intolerant,’ ….said Conservative political insider Tim Powers

    • Grotesque.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Lately, I’m perfectly willing to look REALLY DARNED INTOLERANT in the hopes that others will realize that it’s nothing to be feared.

      • Alain

        Hear! Hear!

      • A Hamilton Guy

        I openly declare “I’m Conservative”. If you don’t like it; Get Stuffed”. NDP are dummies; lieberals are just what I said. I will turn on any conservative who shows lieberal tendencies. Do I dislike the others? No: I just call it like I see it.

  • Jabberwokk

    We need people who aren’t afraid to be the “badguy” Conservative.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Well, Stephen Harper was quite literally “Adolf Hitler” and that didn’t work.
      Next week I think I’m going to put Stephen Harper’s name in scare quotes and leave Adolph Hitler’s unadorned.

      • Jabberwokk

        It worked for 10 years. Personally I thought he was too soft and bland so if he is Hitler I would be…I dunno…Thanos or something.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Obviously, Canada needs someone with a stronger personality than Hitler.

          • Jabberwokk

            Preferably with a brain and a heart but yes.

  • simus1

    The strategy of hanging around out of power for a decade or two making the appropriate noises was a cheap and certainly viable one. Eventually the desperate rent seekers and outraged voters would back you.
    Wynne changed all that by welcoming all rent seekers able to find a spot at the trough. It is not very hard to tell that the present crop of so called conservative leaders are just empty suits or worse.

  • Jabberwokk

    I guess I just don’t care who they call what, only is what there saying of any substance and if not who cares. After awhile I don’t hear it anymore.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I think that tendency highlights a basic human defect in communication strategies.
      I say something that is designed to spark a particular reaction.
      I don;t get the reaction I expected, so I shout it louder and for longer expecting people to get the message.
      We assume that because people are not reacting to our message that they are not hearing our message and so we crank up the volume and frequency.
      All the while, people start to tire of my pronouncement that something is the worst thing in the world, and then I begin to lose credibility and finally people tune me out completely.
      All the while, I’m still shouting that the world is heating up and Trump is Hitler.
      After a while nobody cares about what I have to say because I now haven’t any credibility and my “message” is just noise.
      How DO you tell when people are hearing you but not accepting your message?

      • Jabberwokk

        It depends if by hearing you mean hearing or obeying.

        As to your bottom line well, a tree is known by it’s fruit. If the fruit is bad the tree is bad, and good of the fruit is good.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Their tree has always been bad, but until recently we had no other tree to compare it to.

  • Felix_Culpa

    Liberals do have a tendency to stick together on-message whereas Conservatives do have a tendency to pick up their marbles and go home if they don’t like the game. Why? Dunno—good topic for someone’s PhD thesis, I guess. But it’s a tendency that’s been around awhile. See: Reform Party, Wildrose Party, Trillium Party, for examples. Can’t think of any “breakaway” left-wing parties off the top of my head…

    • PaulW

      The more “Left” one goes politically – and let’s face it: the Libs are pretty left wing nowadays – the more one is talking about Big State and the State before the individual and groupthink, really. And on the right of the political spectrum, we still (at least in theory) believe in the individual’s rights and importance, superseding the rights of the group even, in some cases. Independence and freedom seem to be concepts that are much more important and meaningful to (true) conservatives than they are to liberals.