You can't will your candidate into office
For the record my last words on Round 1 this morning were: "Just because we disagree doesn't mean one of us is stupid". I don’t make a habit of ever characterizing someone as stupid just because they may hold another view.
Just to refresh our final topic on the Round-table: we were talking about what John Tory and Olivia Chow were saying about each other on Tuesday. Panelists were more interested in refuting Chow's talking points against Tory which were 1) he's an elitist and 2) he ran a corporation that a lot of people love to hate. That prompted several panelists to offer that Chow has never worked a day in her life (because being a politician is the highest calling if you're Jim Flaherty and the lowest form of welfare if you are Olivia Chow). They also commented on what a good and decent man Tory is and that there is no shame in being rich. All true. But not necessarily kryptonite to what Chow is selling.
Which is my point. Merely refuting political talking points doesn’t neutralize them in the public square. You could argue all you want that Michael Ignatieff was a smart guy who came home to serve but that never changed the impression that he was a political tourist. Joe Clark was a swell fellow but Trudeau painted him as a klutz and it worked.
I'm not telling you that Chow's attacks on Tory are fair or even correct but there is no disputing they may be effective. It worked against Romney. It worked against Hudak and judging by the polls, whatever Chow is selling is currently retailing for more than what John Tory is selling.