Wednesday, October 24, 2007

So, where is the Stephane Dion blog?

I am not quite ready to let the idea of Mr. Dion creating a blog go just yet.

Jeff over at BCer in Toronto wrote this
post a few days ago where he states that Mr. Dion is best in small groups or one-on-one. Jeff then laments that it was too bad that Mr. Dion cannot knock on the doors of the 30 million Canadians. A blog may be a way for Mr. Dion to make that personal connection.

Imagine if he would have written a blog on the night of the Quebec by-elections, which he could have titled "Well, that sucks", where he wrote a candid, honest and personal assessment of the night's events. Do you not think it might have blunted the following media spin a little bit?

Of course, the Conservatives and the media would pounce upon such a blog and ridicule it, at least at the beginning. However, as I said in my previous post Liberals should ignore anything Conservatives say about the actions of the Liberal Party and Mr. Dion on spec. The Conservatives do not have interests of the Liberal Party at heart so there is no use listening to their opinions about it. And it is even worse if you not only listen to those opinions but you actually buy into them as many Liberals have been doing over the last few months.

As for the media they have not had anything good to say about the Liberals for months either so we might just as well accept that and find a way to go around them. A case in point is their spin of the Throne Speech. They began to spin the idea that Mr. Dion allowing the the Throne Speech to pass would be a sign of weakness weeks before the Speech was even delivered. So when he did just that it just allowed them to reinforced that narrative.

Now the question is if Mr. Dion would have stuck his "principles" and voted against the Speech would the media have waxed eloquently about Mr. Dion's courage, determination and integrity in the face of long odds? Of course not, they would have ridiculed him, labeling him a panic stricken, desperate bonehead for triggering an election he could not win.

In short Mr. Dion cannot win in the current media environment. So starve the bastards. As I stated yesterday Mr. Harper has treated them like something he found in a litter box and they are falling over themselves to gain his approval. So Mr. Dion should do something similar only he should approach if from a different direction. A personal blog would be a great way for Mr. Dion to show Canadians what kind of man he is while showing the media that he will not be pushed around by their BS.

And any publicity from the media, whether good or bad, would generate curiosity about the blog and might even create a little bit of a buzz about it.

Of course there are risks and VW points some of them out in a comment on my previous post. However, I do not see these as obstacles to creating a blog. I see them more as challenges that need to be overcome.

Garth Turner has demonstrated the power of a blog and he is just one Member of Parliament. Just imagine the potential impact of a blog written by a Party Leader, especially if he is the first Party Leader to do it.


Blogger Steve V said...

I must say, I think a Dion blog is a bad idea. However, what amazes me about the Liberals, is why they haven't followed in the footsteps of their Democratic cousins stateside. While Dion doesn't need to blog, he could however throw in a comment on a particular blog, as should some of the other party heavyweights, to engage the netroots. All the major Democratic figures, started by Feingold and Dean engaged, and now you see them actively involved, showing up on places like DailyKos from time to time.

Dion needs to focus on other things, but every so often one of his staffers should give him a link to someone's piece and he could throw in a few lines.

October 24, 2007 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Dion blog is a bad idea because it will highlight his strength which may be a major liability. Turn his blogposts into a 2000 political discourse.

Some Grit politicians do have a blog. It is something their staffers write on, thus becomes run of the mill. Dion is not someone who wants to be handled.

October 25, 2007 1:44 AM  
Blogger VW said...

"Just imagine the potential impact of a blog written by a Party Leader, especially if he is the first Party Leader to do it."

You might want to tell Paul Martin that. He actually did experiment with a blog, and look where it got him.

October 25, 2007 11:33 AM  

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