The Liberals have rolled out a new Internet campaign that attempts to yolk Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the unpopular image of outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush on two familiar fronts: the economy and foreign policy.
The campaign isn't subtle: with a logo that combines the two leaders' names like a U.S. presidential campaign ticket, bushharper.com is backed by an ad campaign running on online news sites. The site itself is thin, offering nothing more than two Internet videos of TV-ready ads and a satirical welcome message from a cackling Bush sound-alike.
After enduring months of attack ads aimed at their own leader, the Liberals are hitting back by tapping the well-worn narrative that Harper is too close to Bush. Anti-Bush has played well for the Liberals in the past.