Wednesday, October 15, 2008

We Blew It, People, But We'll Fight Another Day

First the good news - We've gone from 99 to 124 to 143 seats.

Now the bad news - We did not go to 156 seats.

My personal post mortem:

1) Culture - We boosted the Heritage budget from $350 to $400 million, and got shot down because we made one small program cut into a wedge issue. Doh.

2) Youth Justice - Another minor optional wedge issue. We shouldn't have bothered. People already knew we were tough on crime.

3) Insulting Bloc voters was a mistake, and we paid for it. I mean, was a vote for the Alliance a useless vote?

Maybe this election wasn't the time for wedge issues. I'm getting out Mackenzie King's crystal ball in the next day or two, to see if the old guy has any suggestions. Stay tuned.
Pix: Peter Thompson, National Post