You can always tell when a liberal party is in trouble on an issue when their Media Party shills start desperately coming to their defense by smearing conservatives.
Today’s example is from the Calgary Herald’s Don Braid who paints the Wildrose Party as a bunch of crazies as he dutifully regurgitates what he’s been told by Allison Redford’s Ontario Liberal-import Stefan Baranski:
In the provincial election little more than a year ago, Wildrose almost became the government of Alberta.
Now Danielle Smith’s party, caught up in the emotion of High River flood trouble, is coming across like a survivalist group holed up somewhere in Texas.
An astonishing thing happened Thursday, just as Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths was blasting Wildrose for its attacks on the RCMP over seized guns and broken doors.
A pitch went up on the official Wildrose website, asking for donations so the party could buy radio ads to “tell the stories of those High River residents who had their houses looted and vandalized by those who should have been protecting them.” To Wildrose, those villains are the Mounties.
The language of the pitch is so extreme that I can recall only one precedent — Doug Christie’s “Free the West” rants against Ottawa in the early 1980s, when he worked some Albertans into a frenzy through a wild-eyed separatist party called Western Canada Concept.
If Wildrose continues down this rhetorical road, it too will be only briefly popular. The unrestrained attacks might comfort some angry people in High River, but they’ll look weird and scary to Edmontonians, northerners, and a good many people in the south as well. (see here)
A relatively innocuous website posting goes up without prior authorization, gets immediately taken down but of course this instantly makes the Wildrose a political party of Holocaust denying, white-supremacists and gun-toting dangerous cultists.
All this really tells us though is Redford knows she’s in deep trouble over the High River gun-grab and in desperation, sent Braid out to deflect.