Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Friday, June 20, 2008


Getting partisans excited again

There are many dynamics involved with Stephane Dion's decision to unveil his carbon tax plan yesterday. One that I haven't seen anyone discuss yet is the impact this will have on party fundraising.

While the plan will almost certainly keep the Conservative money machine motivated and rolling, I also suspect that Liberals donors might start opening their wallets in support of Dion's most recent initiative. I think many Liberals still like Dion, like his plan, and might be willing to do their part to give both a chance.

The only possible snag is that this carbon plan could be discredited before it gets going, or some prominent Liberals will publicly oppose it. Given that I think the carbon tax plan might help Dion within the party, you actually might see some factions work to nip that possibility in the bud. We'll see.

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