Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Stephen Harper and the Teabaggers
OK. Let me get this straight. The Republicans are still in shock.
The crazed teabaggers are threatening to rip the GOP apart.
Wednesday, the political direct-mail pioneer Richard Viguerie gathered a group of disenchanted conservatives for a news conference in Washington. Calling Romney's loss "the death rattle" of the GOP, Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, said, "The battle to take over the Republican Party begins today."
Or demanding to secede like the slave states of the old Confederacy.
In the aftermath of last week's presidential election, residents in at least nineteen states have put up petitions on the government's "We the People" petitioning website seeking the right to secede from the rest of the country.
All over Canada our Republican-style Cons are wailing in despair, gnashing their teeth, or vibrating sympathetically.
But somehow Michael Den Tandt thinks that this Con Zombie Apocalypse will be good for Stephen Harper?
My colleague John Ivison has reported a creeping malaise in Conservative ranks due to the lack of red meat in their diet – whether it be the PM’s refusal to sanction a new debate on abortion, or to trumpet deeper-than-promised spending cuts, or to crow about the final deletion of the gun registry. But ideological red meat, given the assaults on the centre from Mulcair and Trudeau, is the very last thing Harper needs. He needs the opposite, as the U.S. election clearly shows.
Obama’s re-election therefore provides him with just the lever he needs, within the Conservative base, to shoehorn them, kicking and screaming, even further towards the moderate middle: “See what happens if we’re too extreme?” The first signs of this were evident in the government’s willingness to split the second omnibus budget bill, and send the component parts out for examination by parliamentary committees.
Gawd. Give me a break. Did the zombies eat his brains or what? Because I don't think Harper can control his rabid base much longer...
For the moment Jason Kenney and all those other ministers defied Harper's wishes and voted for Stephen Woodworth's abortion bill, it was obvious they broken out of their cage, and are now capable of ANYTHING.
And as my buddy Kev points out, all Den Tandt is doing is spinning the illusion that Great RepubliCon Leader is a moderate.
Once again Harper is described as somewhat moderate yet burdened with an unruly caucus and base that must be controlled and dragged to the centre. Den Tandt's example of Harper's reasonableness is yet another example. The splitting up of the Omnibus bill has been done in such a way as to guarantee little if any meaningful examination and is yet another illusion foisted on the Canadian people by Harper and his media cronies.
When in fact he is the most dangerous right-wing extremist this country has ever known. And just like the crazed teabaggers of Amerika he is stoking the fires of secession.
With his insane attacks on the NDP's imaginary carbon tax.
In Ottawa, as the ongoing cap-and-trade saga demonstrates, the rhetoric, of West vs. the Rest lives on. The “job-killing carbon tax” line is nothing if not a dog whistle to westerners still fearful of Ottawa’s grubby hands. That the line itself is baldly hypocritical isn’t really the point. As long as Conservatives believe there are votes to be won, it’s worth poking ancient regional wounds.
But no doubt Den Tandt is right about this:
Next will come a personal charm offensive by the Prime Minister himself, unless I miss my guess, involving a grand piano, a hockey book, a blue sweater, or some combination of the three. ‘Tis the season, after all.
He will try it, but it won't work.
Because we've seen that phony act before....
We know a Great Monster Leader when we see one.
And in the next election we're going to do to Harper and his teabaggers what Obama and his progressive coalition did to Romney.
Oh boy. You know the other day I promised not to gloat about the sad state of the Republican party.
But when I think about those Romney cupcakes, and the screaming bigots, and the religious fanatics, and the deranged misogynists, and all those angry old white racists.
And then I think of the fate of the Cons, and how they're doomed to follow all those teabaggers down the road to oblivion.
I just can't help myself eh?
Stephen Harper can sing Love Love Me Do.
But I'm singing this one already...
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