ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: DAY 5
Photo: Prime Minister Martin spends some valuable campaign time at the University of British Columbia using a microscope to look for his mojo. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
*Martin was campaigning in British Columbia today and was even met with some sign wielding protestors
in Victoria. The Globe’s Unwired
embed Campbell Clark dishes on the Liberal plane’s food situation. 7 meals a day: “As the plane flew to Victoria, margaritas and daiquiris were served. Paul Martin, clad in a jean jacket, chatted with reporters. And when the plane landed in Victoria - now after midnight by Eastern time, volunteers told reporters they had a "light supper"-- the 7th meal of the day -- awaiting at the hotel, including dim sum.” Bringing new meaning to the word fats cats in Ottawa.
of the Ottawa Citizen fills in the juicy details of the Martin Media strategy of fattening up the media: 10.30 a.m. — lavish buffet, eggs, hot penne, melon, wrap sandwiches, patisserie, cheeses, red and white wine in hotel media room. 7 p.m. - lurid pink and lime green margueritas and daqueris served in birdbath-sized plastic glasses with umbrellas back on plane
. 9ish-still on plane, hot cookies, cheeses, crackers, ice cream, wine etc.
does a great service by checking out the Bloc Quebecois website – somebody had to, right. He finds that the Bloc’s youth page is branded, ”Interdit aux plus de 30 ans”
or "No one over 30 allowed." Too bad the page has pictures of pretty old men on it. Whoops. And what’s with this part
of the Bloc’s site. I’m too lazy to bother translating, but there is a lot of yelling.
“Day from hell”. I don’t know why, but Newman’s blog is, well, it just has to be read. “Global Vancouver phone extensions all changed today…no way to communicate with mother ship…that is our lifeblood…blackberries save day…lighting blew out…microphone died…camera toppling…air conditioning broken….starting to feel like Survivor: The Bus Tour…” Newman the tribe has spoken, please stop having your assistant blog for you. On the upside: Buy RIM stock
on the NASDAQ.
*Meanwhile another Campaign blog joins the fray and blogs moustaches! The E-File
from the Montreal Gazette is pretty good so far. Discussions include the decline of the political moustache (brilliant!)
- Whether or not Jack Layton’s moustache is the first since Robert Borden
(actually they admit that it was actually Louis St. Laurent
– but they still say Laurent’s was a “tasteful, modest one, barely visible on his official portrait.” We agree. We’ve seen all three. Borden: now that is a moustache!) Kevin Newman, take some notes that is blogging son. (Via: Tom Popyk at Trial Spotter
a blog you should check out for many reasons, not least of which is because of a very gracious shout out
to Dispatches earlier this week.)
*Speaking of Layton, does his accusation
that Martin is to blame for the death of homeless people have consequences for a potential Liberal minority government? Stay tuned. Could this be the gaffe we’ve been looking for? Or is this a jedi mind trick - this is not the gaffe you're looking for...move along.