Saturday, June 08, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Con Sheep
Oh.My.Gotterdammerung. I can only imagine the grim scene inside the Harper bunker tonight.
The PMO boys in a tizzy screaming "Treason !!! Treason !!!"
Or "Wallin is coming !!! Wallin is coming !!!"
And Great Ugly Leader in a lather screaming "Attack the CBC !!!!"
The federal Conservative Party is denying the existence of a secret fund in the Prime Minister’s Office controlled exclusively by Stephen Harper’s chief of staff.
"The CBC, Peter Mansbridge and Greg Weston misled Canadians. They should retract this piece of shoddy journalism."
Desperately trying to cover-up something that looks, walks, and quacks like a slush fund.
Throughout this sad business, money is the common link. Harper appointed Duffy to the Senate not because the former television journalist has an abiding passion for public policy but because, as a media celebrity, he promised to be an ace fundraiser.
In such circumstances, it is easy to understand how someone might think it fair to use party funds raised in part by Duffy to help extricate him from a situation that was already embarrassing the government.
Desperately trying to distract his rabid base from the sordid Senate scandal, by throwing them an old bone to chew on.
But it's just not working. Most Canadians don't believe ANYTHING Stephen Harper tells them. Even some in the Con caucus are revolting.
Rathgeber's caucus resignation might be a solo act of desperation, but he's got a silent scream of support in the backbench. Privately, MPs echo his concerns about a prime minister they half-jokingly call the Dark Lord and his whip-cracking staff of baby-faced stormtroopers.
In their own way...
And although it looks like a Tijuana animal act, all of this could prove fatal for Great Ugly Leader.
Of such moments, revolutions are made. Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber’s resignation from the Conservative caucus, which dropped inside the Ottawa bubble like a little concussion grenade late Wednesday, represents more than the loss of a single MP among the 164 Tories in the Commons. It is a dagger straight to the heart of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Unless he responds dramatically, effectively and soon, the betting on his stepping aside before the 2015 election goes from even to odds-on. It also becomes not only possible, but likely, that the caucus will suffer further defections.
For if the revolt grows, so will the chances that Stephen Harper will RESIGN.
With every passing day, the notion that Stephen Harper could pack it in before the next election and let someone else try to keep his fractious party whole enough to hang onto power in two years sound less and less far-fetched.
Harper may still be in full control of his PMO but it on the other hand is less and less in control of the government and the political agenda. Unless that changes quickly, the prime minister will not remain the sole master of his political destiny for much longer.
Yup. He may have a shiny new Con Plane.
Or Clown Plane.
But the wings are falling off the Con regime.
Great Ugly Leader is crazy desperate.
And our nightmare journey could be over even sooner than we had hoped ...
And of course, just thinking about that makes me feel like I can fly eh?
So I'm winging off for the weekend. On my bike.
Have a great one everybody !!!
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