The shiny pony fails to do the trick:
Figures obtained by QMI Agency show 11,000 new members and supporters have signed up with the Liberal Party of Canada since Nov. 14 when the race started.
Membership at that time stood at 85,000 and as of Jan. 29 had reached 96,000.
And of the 11,000 new recruits, only 3,000 had come from any of the nine contenders criss-crossing the country drumming up interest.
Recall that to become a member of the Liberal Party you need to cough up $10.00. That's just under two venti lattes at your local Starbucks. Having lived and worked in the GTA for more than thirty years I can attest that there are far more than 100,000 Liberals in this city. I don't mean mere Liberal voters, but people who believe the Liberal Party is the bulwark of civilization holding back the Tory and Dipper hordes. They prattle on about the glories of Pierre Trudeau and the prudence of Paul Martin. The overwhelming majority drop $50.00 buying lunch and don't even wince.
So why don't they support the Liberal Party with some cold hard cash?
Why can't the Liberal Party even get people to sign up for its entirely free Supporter class?
This is how bad it's gotten for the Natural Governing Party, they can't even give themselves away.
The problem with the Liberal Party, ultimately, is that it's full of Liberals and appeals to liberals. The latter are smug, self-satisfied elitist snobs who delight in telling other people how to live their lives. If you're looking for a mental image, think of Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan, though his politics actually leans toward the NDP. Last year the good and wise councillor came up with the clever notion of banning the sale of bullets within the city limits. When it was pointed out in a press conference that people could still buy bullets way out in Mississauga, the councillor flew into a rage.
These people exist in a strange bubble that is very easily pierced. That is why they are terrified of dissenting opinions, like those expressed by the Sun News Network.
Beyond official card carrying Liberals there are the wider category of Liberal Party supporters, who can't be bothered to even sign up as supporters and join the party's spam list. There is a very simple reason for this: They're full of it. The world view of Leftists is of emotion and intention. They feel sorry for the poor, yet do very little to help actual poor people. They talk endless about innovation yet mostly work in government or in law firms. They speak of tolerance while persecuting gun owners and rural Canadians. Activism for them means collecting a government grant. The effort to pay some of their own money to keep the Liberal Party going is too much.
What's left? Well there are the dead enders too old to leave the party they grew up in. There are the Justin Teenyboopers, who apparently are not so numerous as we imagined. In the upper echelons of the party are the traditional political operators keen on regaining their former influence, or for the younger generation the power they dream of having. The Liberal Party is a rusty machine hoping that Justin and his Courtiers can keep it going for another generation.
Let's everyone remember our tetanus shots.