Sunday, April 29, 2012
Brian Topp on strategic voting. The Tories and the dippers have the same goal the disappearance of the grits. Topp feels the grits are helping. For many years, Liberals have been eager advocates of “strategic voting” – the idea that it makes sense to vote for a party you don't support in order to avoid the election of a party your don't support even more. A pitch to this effect has been part of the closing argument of every federal Liberal campaign since at least 1993. Arguably, it was all that Michael Ignatieff had to say (that anyone heard) during the 2011 election. In as many words, his pitch was that only the Liberals can stop the Tories; you don't want the Tories; so you must vote Liberal. There was a red door and a blue door, and those were your only choices. In my view, in the long term, the political drug that is “strategic voting” has had almost as much to do with the destruction of the federal Liberal brand as the Paul Martin’s 1995 budget and the sponsorship scandal.