Monday, November 20, 2006

Substantial second-ballot support

Well, if we're talking cheap shots, then I'll fire off my own:

from Ignatieff's interview with the Hill Times:

What is your strategy for avoiding a defeat by an 'anybody-but-Ignatieff' movement on the convention floor in December?

"Well I'm flattered that someone thinks there's an anybody-but-Ignatieff move afoot. I don't see one. I see all the candidates competing to win. I'm competing to win. In terms of strategy, it's very simple. I get up in the morning and I phone delegates all day long, one by one. And then I go across the country, as I've done in nine provinces in the last eight days, and I talk to delegates in small rooms. And I can tell you there's substantial second-ballot support."

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Hmm, are they...small, windowless rooms? Furnished with a single chair and lit by bare light bulbs?

Ok, cheap shot, but it was honestly the first thing that came to mind when I read his curious usage of the word 'small'.

4 comments:

CuriosityCat said...

No doubt the hooded delegates then slip quietly out of the small rooms, having had a meaningful discussion and obtained clarifications about any of the items the Ignatieff camp had highlighted as possible concerns a delegate might have.

I wonder if they can have another meeting if they discover that their most recent understanding of Ignatieff's position (as explained to them in the small room) does not jibe with the explanation given to other hooded delegates?

Or are the delegates sworn to secrecy?

Man, gotta be a best seller in there somewhere; wonder if Paul Wells is writing it (The Rise and Fall of The Iggy) ...

Manley Man said...

Who would openly say to Iggy they would vote for anyone to stop him?

I am not going to vote for Volpe to stop him.

And why would they burn the bridges.

In any case, I think MI is very inside the bubble.

Skip said...

Haha! That was pretty good!

Paul Wells said...

He seems to find the small-room image picturesque. He used it in an interview in June that made it into my book. "It's a small-room process," he says.

And no, I see nothing wrong with that. For once.