The US Election :The election was decided by Campaign Management ! #uspoli #canpoli #bcpoli

Kellyanne Conway and her team won the election for Trump!
Kellyanne Conway and her team won the election for Trump!

Yogi Berra probably said good management doesn’t matter until it does and he would have been right on the money in the US election.

Kellyanne Conway out played, out coached and out smarted the team managing the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

To Wit:

Clinton”s Team missed the key element of the election:

In the nomination stage of this campaign it was very apparent that something dramatic was happening. At the rallies held by the Trump people , attendees were enraged at the establishment. That was the story of the day then as it is now.

Surprisingly during the election Clinton’s team didn’t take that seriously and every time they pulled out another establishment person to endorse Hilary I think it played into Trump’s hand and put another nail in the Clinton coffin.

Bad Debate Management

When I watched the debate Clinton listened very intently to Trump speaking and laying out his plan. This may have been okay in the first debate but she should have been coached not to do this . Why ? Because listening to him that intently gave his ideas credibility.

Bad poll Interpretation

Remember as you have heard throughout the campaign there are two so called sets of polls ; the external ones you read in the paper (more on those in another blog post) and the ones the candidate commissions .

Trump’s team read their numbers better ( why else would they spend the last weekend in Michigan) while Clinton’s team slipped up and never showed up in Wisconsin .

Bad Scandal Management

Clinton had a chance to come clean when the debate question scandal broke . She should have fired campaign chair John Podesta and said sorry to the American public then. By not doing that this just reinforced the public distrust in her.

Clinton’s team never laid out a vision or introduced her to the public.

You might not like Donald trump but at least you know who he was and where he stood. In fact this is another place where Clinton’s team played into Conway’s hands. They spent far too much time Trump bashing and not enough time introducing Hillary and laying out her vision. In fact the first time I saw the real Hillary Clinton I believe was in her concession speech this morning. Had her team showed that side of her she would have connected with more of the public.

This election was close. Numerous states turned on a percentage or two.

Good campaign management made the difference and Kellyanne Conway and her team are to be commended!

Don’t you think?

BC Conservatives: Brooks Out #bcpoli #bcconservatives #bcelection 2017

As rumored in this blog last week, Dan Brooks is out as leader of the provincial BC Conservative party

What will the party do next? How will it get ready for the election expected early next year?

Or will it?

Stay tuned….

BC Conservatives: We are Confused! #bcpoli #BCelection2017#BCConservatives

Is he the Leader or isn't he? We are confused!
Is he the Leader or isn’t he? We are confused!

Dan Brooks Leadership
Mr. Dan Brooks continues to be the Leader of the
BC Conservative Party.

There is some confusion surrounding the Leadership
and we are sorting the issues out.

If there are any changes in this regard
we will let everyone know.

From Corbin Mitchell, President
British Columbia Conservative Party
bccpletters@gmail.com

That my friends is the official press release from the BC Conservatives regarding the leadership situation with Dan Brooks.

They ( The Board it seems) is confused with the leadership or Not of Dan Brooks.

He is the leader except they are confused about it.

They go on to say that if they ever become unconfused they will tell you about it.

Are you confused? Why not take out a membership in the BC Conservatives and join like minded people.

They would have been better off to say nothing.

Don’t you think?

BC Election 2017: BC Conservatives: Dan Brooks Out as Leader? #bcpoli #bcelection2017 #bcconservatives

Changes at the top?
Changes at the top?

Rumor du jour today is that the leader, who quit , ran again and won a month or so ago has been tossed as leader of the BC Conservatives.

If this is true it begs the question as to how the party could have gotten themselves in this position this close to a provincial election?

It make the proponents of the US election look sane by comparison.

The writer wonders whether the party will issue a statement to its faithful or just let the idle street gossip continue?

People are already asking why was he tossed?

It should be interesting ( or Not) how they try and sell this if it’s true .

Only time will tell..

Open and Transparent Nomination processes? Not in BC Liberal Surrey #bcpoli #bcelection2017

Whatever happened to letting politicians win a nomination on their own merits?
Whatever happened to letting politicians win a nomination on their own merits?

There is lots of talk among the general population about how they want the election process to be open, transparent and accountable.

People want there politicians to vote their ( constituents ) wishes and open the process to them so that they can see it at work.

Seems to have gone on deaf ears here in BC Liberal Surrey and the nomination process.

If rumors are true the recent nomination ( acclimation) of Stephanie Cadieux was an appointment, Marvin Hunt is being moved to another riding to run under an acclimation and tonight or soon newcomer and Sukh Dhaliwal crony, Puneet Sanhar, will be introduced/acclaimed in another riding.

The latter event apparently because Sukh was to be acclaimed but changed his mind in case he lost.

Given that these are fairly safe BC Liberal seats I am sure there would have been great nomination clashes should the process have been open.

Whatever happened to attracting good people to run in a nomination process and winning on their own merits?

This could be one of several factors in play by the time the election rolls around and they could conceivably lose these seats.

Stay tuned…

Wiill The BC Conservative Party “Brook” any more of Dan Brooks? #bcpoli #bccp #canpoli #election2017

Readers ask questions from the early stages of the leadership campaign
Readers ask questions from the early stages of the leadership campaign

With the recent announcement by Dan Brooks of his intention to re-seek the the leadership of the BC Conservative Party, my readers have asked me a number of questions . They deserve answers.

To Wit:

One reader asked : Since Brooks quit and then announced his intention to run again, will he have to pay the $5000 entry fee? ( Why wouldn’t he, he quit the job causing the party to incur the cost of the leadership convention in the first place. )

Another reader asked: Since Brooks quit citing the lawsuit as one of the main reasons for stepping away does this mean the lawsuit is behind him and if it’s not will he quit again if it doesn’t go his way? ( I have no idea except to say that the whole thing is supposedly set for trial in November of 2016 and if things do not go his way quitting again would really leave the party in a lurch? Oh right. That’s happened once before.)

Another reader asked : If Brooks was implying that a settlement of his lawsuit was near, would he be so quick to give away his negotiating position in that lawsuit by announcing that the law suit didn’t bother him anymore and by extrapolation would he be so quick to give away the party’s in the event he was successful in the leadership race should he have to negotiate on their behalf for any reason? ( Who knows, you would have to ask Dan?)

A further reader asked : There are emails being sent out that contain Brooks endorsements. Does this mean Brooks has been vetted and given the green light? ( I don’t know, I don’t sit on the board.I have no have no idea where he got his email list. )

Finally a reader asked : The emails that have been sent out by the Brooks group ( including a news release) don’t give me an opportunity to unsubscribe. Doesn’t this violate Canada’s anti-spam legislation? ( I don’t know I am not a lawyer but the fines for breaching this are huge)

So it seems the Brooks candidacy has more questions than answers at this point from both the BC Conservative board and Dan Brooks.

I would imagine the answers will be forth coming soon.

Or maybe not.

Stay tuned.

Randy Rinaldo: BC Liberals and Rich Coleman do the right thing! #bcpoli #canpoli

Should he have known better? The voters will decide!
Should he have known better? The voters will decide!

I believe I am eminently qualified to render an opinion regarding this weeks latest Twitter gaffe by BC Liberal newly nominated candidate Randy Rinaldo.

Having been through the media gauntlet over the same issue in the 2013 provincial election and erring by firing them I can relate to the intensity of which the mainstream media will confront Campaign staff, managers , directors and candidates.

They play gotcha when a tweet or internet posting is discovered and then come at you to fire the candidate.

I erred and played their game and we fired a few candidates that we shouldn’t have.

What we should have done then and what Rich Coleman ( He was the spokesperson) did right was keep the candidate in place and let the voters decide whether tweeting is a serious enough offense to cast their candidate ( Rinaldo) aside.

Make no mistake about it.

This is a winnable seat for the BC Liberals. They only lost last time by 743 votes.

It took the courage of Coleman’s Conviction ( and the party’s) to stand by their candidate.

I applaud them for that.

We will see next year whether the voters agree.

Nathan Cullen Can’t do Math! #bcpoli #canpoli #election2019 #ndp #leadership

Methinks Nathan Cullen has cold feet!

In an interview with the CBC today NDP MP says that he is not prepared to announce whether he will run for the leadership of the NDP so quickly because it’s a 15-20 year commitment and that it the thought process leading up to his decision would take more than 24 hours.

Mr Cullen’s name has been bandied about for years regarding leadership aspirations and succession in the party. I can’t imagine he is just starting to think about it now.

Even more shocking is that he thinks it’s a 15-20 year commitment.

To Wit:

Enter the race now and run for leadership( fight off the leap manifesto) for the next 2 years

Win and fight for the next year in the run up to the 2019 election ( So far 2+1 =3)

Go to the polls and have your head handed to you ( including losing the NDP Edmonton seat) and resign ( What Mulcair should have done) and remain interim leader for a bit ;1 year tops.

Total = 4 years, a far cry from 15-20 ( I can only imagine what his first budget might look like if he somehow won)

So I give up, where do the other 11-16 years come from?

Can anybody tell me?

Why Conservatives Want Brad Wall to Run for CPC Leadership #CPC #bcpol #canpoli #saskpoli

Why is this man so Happy?

It seems everybody has an opinion as to whether Brad Wall should run and also why Conservatives want to draft him to run.

I am a Conservative who has lived and networked in most places in Canada ( including Regina) and I will tell you unequivocally why people like me want him to run.

It has nothing to do with keeping the party united ( although he would do that with ease). I have spoken to many Conservatives and none of them have raised this as an issue no matter who wins.

We want him to run because Brad Wall would make a great Prime Minister!

He has proven time and time again he is a great leader who knows how to win elections because he listens to people.

He is a fighter who sticks up for his province as he would no doubt do for the country when he becomes Prime Minister.

Encouraging Brad Wall to run for the leadership is simply the right thing to do!

I mean heck even Warren Kinsella likes him.

Why wouldn’t we?

Maple Batalia: The sentence must show her life and death have meaning! #violence #bcpoli #femicide

There are a multitude of victims in this crime.

Tomorrow the victim impact statements will take place in the case relating to the senseless killing of Maple Batalia.

It’s a shame that this happened and it’s a shame that every parent of a daughter in this country could not be there to show how this impacts them because they too are victims.

I am a father of daughters and I hope that the sentence in this case reflects society’s disgust for stalking and femicide.

Far to often pleas are accepted to close a file and save the family reliving the murder over and over again.

The problem with that is that sentences are more lenient and therefore other families who have daughters suffer through the very same moment.

I hope tomorrow, when the statements are read and the sentence is calculated, the court sends a message to the community, Maple’s family and yes Maple herself that this will no longer be tolerated and that Maple’s death has meaning.

The sentence should likely be life ( Maple’s family gets life without her) but not a moment less than 21 years with no eligibility for parole.

Maybe then the community will be a little safer and some of these monsters will think twice before committing the most heinous of crimes.

Only time will tell…