Oh dear. Poor Stephen Harper. The euphoria over his cabinet shuffle seems to have faded rather rapidly.
It was only yesterday, but now it seems like a thousand years old. And people aren't cheering, they're SCREAMING.
Yesterday he was tweeting like crazy for hours and plugging his new slogan.
But then came news of the Enemy List. People started thinking about those "experienced hands" around their necks.
And now he's considerably less excited.
And considerably shorter...
And who can blame him eh? It's turning into a real horror show.
Peter Kent, of all people, is accusing him of acting like Richard Nixon.
And raising all our hopes...
The leader-in-exile of the Con backbench revolt says the shuffle is more sizzle than steak.
So along with the firmly planted Government House Leader, nothing really changes as a result of yesterday’s shuffle. Politics continues to trump policy and optics remain more important than effectiveness as the Government feels electorally insecure alongside a much younger NDP Caucus and a young, social media savvy leader of the Liberals.
Yesterday’s cabinet facelift was cosmetic at best and similar to the Government’s own ironic characterization of the man leading in the polls: all sizzle and no steak.
Which is just about the worst thing you can say to a fake Albertan.
And of course, the real critics have been brutal.
Panning the choice of Pierre Poislievre as the new Minister of
Mr. Poilievre is a fascinating case. And he now has nominal responsibility for our longest-standing parliamentary dilemma. It is strangely fitting that it should come to this. (And that the young man who once mocked the “in-and-out” charges of violating election spending limits will now presumably be the minister who introduces the government’s electoral reform legislation adds a helpful bit of irony to the storyline.
And pointing out that the one shuffle this mummy government needed to come back from the dead, never happened:
Of course, the minister whose purview has lately caused the government the most grief was not moved from his spot. The minister whose chief of staff gave $90,000 to a sitting senator, the minister who nominated Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin to the Senate, the minister who may or may not know whatever the members of his staff may or may not know about the deal between Nigel Wright and Mr. Duffy, the minister whose staff is blamed for the unhappiness of backbenchers, the minister whose office is now said to be not cooperating with the RCMP—that minister was not shuffled to the backbench or given a new title. He is still Prime Minister.
But then that would be too much to expect eh?
And I'm satisfied anyway.
Just wind me up, and I'll show you...
See? I landed on my feet.
Which is more than I can say for the Con regime.
The shuffle was supposed to be the launch of their NEW/NOUVEAU look.
They blew it in less than a day.
And for us at least, the future couldn't look
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