Everybody seems to be dumping on the Liberals lately, so why should I be any different.
So here goes: In my view the Liberal attack ads stink.
Now I have nothing against attack ads per se. In fact, they can be quite effective when employed properly.
The attack ads the Liberals ran in 2004, for instance, touched the right hot buttons – abortion, Iraq etc. They seemed to have a strategy behind them.
But these 2006 attack ads are less focused and seem just nasty for the sake of being nasty.
And is it really smart for the Liberals to attack Mike Harris in Ontario? Harris won back to back majority governments, so some Ontarians must still like him. Besides he’s been gone long enough for the nostalgic factor to kick in.
In other words, in attacking Harris the Liberals might drive Ontarians to support the Tories.
It seems to me that these ads are more designed to hold onto the Liberal core vote than they are to win over the undecided.
If that’s the case, then it's just another sign that Team Martin is in panic mode.
The Toronto Sun's Christina Blizzard makes a good point in Wednesday column about the Harris attack ads. Writes Blizzard: "The whiz kids who dreamed them up might want to consult with their star candidate and high profile turncoat in Newmarket-Aurora, Belinda Stronach. When she ran for the leadership of the Conservtive Party, Stronach was nominated by Harris. Not just that, a large number of Harris's inner circle worked on her campaign."