I honestly don't see the pandering you do AWd. I think it's a balanced piece.
It rightly praises the Cons for a well run, strategic campaign. It also recognizes that they got some lucky breaks (from the RCMP and Liberals, no less), but only a good campaign can take full advantage of lucky breaks.
The Liberals ran a very national, broad campaign, tying to equate themselves with the very idea of Canada. The Tories, says Wells, targeted some very specific demographics and spoke directly and exclusively to them.
Yes, Republicans use a similar methodology. So did Mike Harris. They use it because it works.
While the NDP did well in this election, let's face it: it's not the breakthrough we need.
I can't help but wonder if we too can be a bit more strategic in defining our voter universe. We would have to appeal directly to a target demographic and not worry about pissing off groups outside that demographic.
Of course, there are pitfalls. Like the Tories the demographic most receptive to our message may not be big enough to ever elect a majority.