November 12, 2006

Face, meet egg. Egg, face.

Imagine you reach into your mailbox and find the following piece of campaign material from incumbent Councillor Diane Holmes the day before the Ottawa vote:

OTTAWA CITIZEN

'Diane Holmes is a good councillor...'

Ottawa Citizen - Monday, November 6, 2006
Diane Holmes is a good councillor, (...). Ms. Holmes has served Ottawa in many ways since she was first elected as a councillor in 1982. She's been an advocate for women's issues, greenspace, and the arts. She shows a genuine affection for Somerset Ward and the people in it. She's been ahead of the curve on many issues: She pointed out at a candidate's debate last week that it's great to see an election in which transit is the central issue.

She knows her ward and she knows city hall.

And then, further, imagine that you reach in for a second piece of mail and find, courtesy of Holmes opponent Luc Lapointe, a photocopy of the full Ottawa Citizen article quoted, and the article reads like so [emphasis added]:

WARD 14 -- SOMERSET

Luc Lapointe's the best choice

Diane Holmes is a good councillor, but there's every reason to believe Luc Lapointe would be a better one. Ms. Holmes has served Ottawa in many ways since she was first elected as a councillor in 1982. She's been an advocate for women's issues, greenspace, and the arts. She shows a genuine affection for Somerset Ward and the people in it. She's been ahead of the curve on many issues: She pointed out at a candidate's debate last week that it's great to see an election in which transit is the central issue.

She knows her ward and she knows city hall. The trouble is, she knows city hall so well she's turned into an apologist for it.

And so on, as Kurt Vonnegut would write.

Summary: bad move.

Posted by anatole at November 12, 2006 10:17 PM
Comments

It's just like those one-word movie review quotes!

"It was stunning to see how bad acting, bad directing and bad cinematography can come together to create a total waste of my time!"

becomes

"Stunning!"

Posted by: Alasdair at November 13, 2006 01:41 PM

Wow, that is awesome! Good catch. Hard to believe Diane's team would bother quoting that article.

Hard to believe the results of the election too.

Posted by: Nathan at November 15, 2006 05:26 AM

That's a good one. Well spotted.

Posted by: Richard Akerman at November 30, 2006 03:58 PM