Conservatives Just Can’t Quit the (Profitable) Partisan Bomb Throwing

by matttbastard

Behold–the birth of the New New Spirit of Cooperation (now with even less irony):

The Conservatives issued a fundraising letter on Wednesday painting interim Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff as a parachute leader who wasn’t rightfully elected by Canadians or his own party members.

“Stéphane Dion has resigned as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and by extension, of the Liberal/NDP/Bloc Coalition,” Tory campaign chair Doug Finley writes.

“In yet another stunning and unprecedented demonstration of Liberal contempt for our democratic rights, they’ve decided to appoint a new leader in place.”

The fundraising letter then implores party supporters to donate $200 or $100 to “help us spread this message to Canadians.”

The letter came just a day after Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered an olive branch to Ignatieff, urging the “big national parties” to work together on protecting Canada’s economy from the global economic turmoil.

“I hope the next Liberal leader, the first thing he’ll do will be … to sit down with me and have that kind of discussion,” the prime minister said in an interview with the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge on Tuesday.

Likely to be first on the (current) Prime Minister’s agenda: “So, uh, what colour is your parachute, Mr. Ignatieff?”

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Tangled Webs

by matttbastard

Kevin @ Slant Truth:

Michael Baisden is a popular radio show host. I’ve listened to his show once or twice while driving from the airport or something. It’s your standard love and relationships thing, complete with all the gross generalizations about men and women that you can imagine. It’s not my thing. However, he has done a lot of work for the Jena Six, and for that he should be commended.

Well now, it turns out that he has attacked the reputable online advocacy group Color of Change, calling James Rucker, the founder, “shady,”and bringing Mychal Bell’s father, Marcus Jones, on air accusing them of not giving the money they’ve raised to the Jena Six.

As Kevin goes on to note, Color Of Change has been scrupulous in its accounting, allowing the group to ably and easily refute Baisden’s bogus charges. Now it has come to light that karma has given the talk radio hack a swift kick in the ass:

Michael Baisden, a nationally syndicated black radio host who is leading a major fundraising drive on behalf of the Jena 6, has declined to reveal how much he has collected. Attorneys for the first defendant to go to trial, Mychal Bell, say they have yet to receive any money from him.

Motes and planks, my brother.

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