"But that's how you get people thinking about other parties and other options."
"Maybe in the West, but..."
Desperate to win some ground, the my friend switched over to something more thematic, the party's future, The Children™.
"Well, look the party's been around for a while, and your demographic is ageing."
Silence. He finally had them listening.
"There's a perception of ineffectiveness, as if the party's not strong enough to run this country anymore. Also, you really need to focus on the party's long term plans. I really think that part of your campaign should be focused on the youth segment. You need to get them involved."
"Yes, perhaps, but we generally don't like youth to get involved in politics. They demonstrate, they protest. We don't want to stir things up."
The campaign senior who initially invited them to pitch sat there nodding in agreement, seemingly writing off his initial ideas of using an external agency to aid in the upcoming campaign. The two creepy guys from the original pitch quietly sat in the back of the room, watching. The agency eventually packed up, shook hands, exchanged forced smiles and left.
My friend, still a little shaken by the whole process, had this to add: "When I got to my car, I closed the door and stared at the radio for about a minute and wondered whether the guy seemingly in charge of the party had any idea about how calculated his upcoming defeat was."