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Charlotte said on October 9th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Agreed to all, except the bit where anyone ever seriously thought the Tories had a chance. Having been involved with early Liberal strategizing in this campaign, I can say with certainty that this election was always considered “ours to lose”. Tory is very popular personally (or was) but the man has virtually no control over his party, and some very unpopular folks (like Randy Hillier) were winning the nomination in some traditionally safe ridings. Ontarians might have been ready for a change, but they weren’t ready to elect the right-fringe-crazy-brigade. If it looked like Tory was going to run a campaign closer to center – maybe. But he couldn’t – he doesn’t hold the reigns there.

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Having been involved with early Liberal strategizing in this campaign, I can say with certainty that this election was always considered “ours to lose”.

That’s kind of the default Liberal mindset, though. :)

I disagree with you, mostly because people’s perception of a party is coloured strongly by the leader, and Tory is very, very popular, and rightly so, and for about a month it looked like a lock for a Tory minority government while Dalton was promising absolutely everybody the bathwater and the tub and a rubber duck on the side, and smacking of desperation.

And then religious school funding completely blew up in Tory’s face, and that was that.

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Wait wait wait, do you guys actually have a politician named “John Tory?”  And he’s a Tory?

Madness!

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