I like Stephen Harper. I really do. I’m a former active Liberal Party member. (I worked as a key person on Joe Volpe‘s first campaign – and was Stuart Smith‘s chauffeur in the 1977 Ontario election – in my last year at Ryerson.) I wouldn’t vote for this present iteration of the Libs if you paid me well. (I guess I wouldn’t make it as a Liberal in Quebec.) But Stephen, the ads, brother, the ads.
Fire the agency, your media advisor, who ever’s responsible. Fire them all. You look like an idiot in the ads – and I know you’re not. The fake interview – gee that’s never been done before, at least not this badly. And the video push back to the monitor – I bought my first Digital Effects Device, an ADO, almost 19 years ago – that push was a briefly popular effect back then. (I can hear the director now, "Mr. Harper, we need you to look at the monitor as if something’s on it." It’s not working, Stephen!)
And then I saw the Libs ad – people across the country speaking about what the Libs have done. Right now, there’s no contest, Stephen. In spite of their "disorganized crime" record, they pitch a good yarn. And they don’t need to make you look like an idiot. Your agency, media advisor et al are doing it for you. Please, for the love of this country, get somebody who has an idea of what they’re doing.
Feel free to email me. I’m busy but I’ll squeeze you in.