And today he went after the people who really need to be taken to task. The media and the pollsters.
Ignatieff criticized the national media for starting to write him out of the race after a week of polls — from Angus Reid, EKOS, Nanos and Ipsos Reid —have all shown the NDP vaulting into second place. He insisted he's still very much in the race.They are suggesting that the NDP are going to get 108 seats, but that's only if they can reduce the Bloc to 3.
I emailed them all individually, asking them what seats they felt the NDP could take from the Bloc. I've yet to hear from any of them.
One of the NDP candidates is in Las Vegas.
Until last week, she'd been working in Ottawa – about three hours away from the riding – as an assistant manager of Oliver's Pub, on the Carleton University campus.Why let an election get in the way of a trip to Vegas?
And it doesn't get much better:
The vast majority of the party’s Quebec candidates don’t list any contact information with their profiles on the NDP sites. The slate of Quebec candidates includes union leaders, teachers and a Cree leader, Romeo Saganash. Others are still in school.Do they honestly believe that the Bloc will be beat out by these people? Of course they don't.
Two candidates running for office are Charmaine Borg in Terrebonne-Blainville and Matthew Dubé in Chambly-Borduas. The two are co-presidents of the McGill NDP club. Mr. Dubé’s posts on Twitter are largely devoted to hockey, comic books and computer games, with the occasional forward of tweets by NDP Leader Jack Layton.
Another, Sana Hassainia, who is running for the NDP in Verchères-Les Patriotes, makes no mention on her Twitter page of her NDP connections, except when asked by others to confirm that she is in fact the NDP candidate.
But what would it mean if they did? The Bloc has some very high quality MPs. They would be replaced by people who don't even appear to be very politically engaged.
The $150,000 a year might help the comic book collector add to his holdings, but seriously? This is someone you want making decisions for you? It would be the Reform Party c1993. Most of the MPs were ignorant bigots, but at least they were ignorant bigots who cared, sort of.
I just listened to Layton's new ad and it was all "I", "I", "I". He believes the hype even if common sense tells him otherwise.
The sad thing is that any NDP gains, if in fact they're real, would be at the expense of other progressives. How is that going to restore our democracy?
All the more reason to rise up.