Hey kids, Stephen Harper wants to help YOU libel, defame and assassinate the character of Liberal leader Stéphane Dion!
Never mind all that mushy crapola about the “straight up guy” in the blue sweater-vest being a congenial “family man”… that’s so fucking yesterday. Now, the Dear Leader is getting down to the serious business of “crushing” the Liberals and for starters, he wants your help destroying the personal reputation and integrity of his political opponent.
How can you help out in this ambitious endeavour, you ask? Why, it couldn’t be easier! Just go here to create your very own lying, smearing, bullshit-laden negative ad. In your “personalized” defamatory ad, the Conservatives give you the option to say that Stéphane Dion: can’t relate to Canadians; can’t change; couldn’t balance a cheque book; thinks he’s your hero; wants to bring the Taliban to Canada; is a decorated seabird enthusiast; can’t set priorities; has no solutions, can’t even change a lightbulb; thinks he’s influential; and eats his hot dog with a knife and fork. Imagine! He’s downright un-Canadian! And a traitor who would sell out our country to the Taliban!
While you’re at the site, enjoy some of its other features, such as finding out how Stéphane Dion is a “weak leader” by re-enacting the 2006 Liberal Party leadership debates in a video game format where you can take quotes completely out of context for malicious fun, or discover more about the “out of touch professor who ‘has shown little ability to relate to Canadians on almost any level’ according to the Globe & Mail.” In this cute feature you’ll learn that Dion will: Cost you more; is soft on crime; is full of himself; and doesn’t get Quebec.
“Miss an important meeting? Went out with friend instead of going home for dinner? Don’t worry, Stéphane Dion is here to help,” the Con website says. “Time and time again when asked to take responsibility for his action Dion has had an excuse at the ready. And now you can harness his questionable talent to get yourself out of a jam with the Dion Excuse Generator. Don’t avoid responsibility without it!” Sample reasons include: I didn’t get it done; I wasn’t at the meeting; I missed dinner; I forgot to pick up the drycleaning; I didn’t pay the heating bill on time; I lost Outremont to the NDP.
This is just scratching the surface of the mountain of slime and negativity that even extends to attacking progressive bloggers personally. Now what was it that Conservative supporters were saying the other day? Oh yes, “when they go negative, it shows how desperate they are…” Uh-huh.
Update: Dippers, it seems quite like the site, at least if this fellow is in any way representative. He finds it “humourous” while also noting that “In an election where as much time, effort, and money as possible is needed to get valuable votes, notaleader.ca seem to be a waste of all three.” NBC Dipper also points the way to the Liberals’ “Scandalpedia” (something I wasn’t aware of), a Wiki that bills itself as “the free encyclopedia of Conservative scandals,” which unfortunately, he finds “kinda dry and boring.”
Update2: Over at My Blahg, Bob has a rather unique take on the campaign thus far. “So it’s Pappy Steve versus Grizzly Dion versus Barack Layton. Maybe the reason Lizzy Nader can’t get into the debates is because she hasn’t adopted a campaign persona. I bet if she rebranded herself as… Oh, I don’t know, lets say a hockey mom, the path to the vice presidency would be hers to walk… or skate along even.”
Update3: Some other reactions… Steve V. at Far & Wide derides the juvenile nature of the site describing it as the work of “those crazy kids.” He also points out the employment of an “angry little guy in the corner, holding a semi-automatic” which leads to a video of Deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff from his days as a journalist in central Europe — not quite sure what the point being made is, guns kill people… or something.
Impolitical is similarly dismissive of the antics of “Conservative wonder boys” (and has a screen-grab of the pooping puffin). I’m leaving out a lot, but they seem to follow the same lines.
Update4: Welcome “Empire of Dirt” readers! (I just love that name!)