Max FineDay asked the #skndpldr candidates who they were going as for Halloween on Twitter. Ryan Meili replied that Che Guevara was in the lead but he was open to suggestions. Somebody suggested he dress as Tommy Douglas and Erin Weir replied that all candidates could go as the leaders I compared them to in a previous post on this blog.
Given the difficulty of Trent dressing up as “a combination of Lingenfelter, Calvert with a dash of Romanow” (that’d be a hell of a costume though!), I thought I might make the task easier by adding a comparison of each of the four 2012 candidates to the four who ran in the 2009 Leadership Race.
Going from easiest to hardest analogy…
Ryan 2012 = Ryan 2009 (but with a beard, a book and a baby of course!)
Trent 2012 = Dwain Lingenfelter 2009 – both because Trent is the only one of the four 2012 candidates who supported Lingenfelter in 2009 but also because many of his 2012 supporters are also people who supported Link in 2009.
Erin 2012 = Yens Pedersen 2009 - both are youthful, intelligent, well-spoken long-time party insiders and former NDP candidates (Yens provincially, Erin federally) making a bid for the top provincial job [Edit: After I posted this, Erin tweeted back to say: "One [other] thing I share with Yens is an interest in tax issues and the revenue side of the ledger”]
Cam 2012 = Deb Higgins 2009 (someone had to be Deb in this exercise but beyond the gender thing, there are other similarities. Cam and Deb are both solid, reliable MLA’s and like Trent & Link, they also share the connection that Cam was a Deb supporter in 2009).
I love that Ryan and Erin (so far) plus some others are using Twitter to have fun with “what will you be for Halloween” idea. If that isn’t an example of a great way to get some insight into the personalities of the candidates and their respective supporters who are on Twitter, I don’t know what is!