I must admit when I first saw the headline "THE SENATE SCANDAL'S OUT OF LEGS !!!!" I was shocked, and my heart dived into my boots.
I felt like running to a window, opening it wide, and screaming: "Nooooo !!! Nooooo !!! How could this be HAPPENING ??!!#!@!!
How low can we go ?!@#!!!! How dumb are my people !#@!#!!! How short their attention spans !#@!#!!!
But luckily it was too cold to open the window eh? And it was only Margaret Wente.
I love a juicy scandal. What better way to fill a column than stories about greedy, lying politicians getting their comeuppance, and secret payoffs, and explosive revelations, and the decline of democracy as we know it? Besides, Stephen Harper is not most people’s favourite guy. So it pains me to report that despite the most recent breathless headlines, the Senate scandal has run out of legs.
Reprising her favourite role as Toronto's very own Marie Antoinette, haughtily declaring that the Senate scandal is over. Because there is no scandal, and there was no crime.
No one can seriously believe that Mr. Wright engineered a vast criminal conspiracy from the PMO. Even my most Harper-loathing friends don’t think he did anything wrong, and that if he did, it was an innocent mistake.
So if there’s no crime, how can there be a cover-up? Here’s where ordinary people lose the thread. The story has been buried in a blizzard of minutiae and dark insinuations that don’t amount to much. So what if the PMO’s staff leaned on Conservative senators to manipulate the doings of various committees? As Mr. Walsh points out, it happens all the time. It’s called politics.
And after staring at that article, with my eyes, and my mouth, wide open. And trying to think if I had seen that original interpretation of the Senate scandal anywhere else. Because with Marge you never know eh?
I decided that YES it was original, no sane person has ever written such nonsense. But NO the thought wasn't original, because that's exactly what Stephen Harper would like us to think. Marge has been feeding him cake again. Naughty, naughty.
Or posing as a fortune teller...
And I was just about to write her a long and angry note pointing out that yes it is a crime, it's called Section 121(1)(b) of the criminal code in the section Frauds on Government. The Cons have not answered the questions, the police have not yet finished their investigation. So the scandal still has legs.
And since it is a scandal, and the Cons are all in it up to their necks, I'm reasonably confident that if charges are laid they will all hang TOGETHER.
But then I caught myself. I thought that you my long suffering readers might question MY sanity eh? For wasting my time attacking Wente, when nobody takes her seriously, she's just being provocative to try to save her job. And she's just a Con shill.
And for that I would have no defence. Or dare I say it, not even ONE leg to stand on.
So instead I'm taking preemptive action and challenging YOU.
With this little quiz:
Which hollow instrument is Margaret Wente?
And of course, how could it be otherwise?
The answer is this one...
It can't follow a tune, or a plot. But it does make a lot of noise to try to attract attention. Its arguments are right out of the Ford Nation. It is as Con as they come.
And it's going to be REALLY disappointed:
Mr. Harper’s version of this morality play is very simple. He saw senators behaving badly, and now he’s gotten rid of them, and any funny stuff that happened in between is not his fault. He is betting that’s as deep as most people care to go, and I’m betting he’s right. The bad guys were punished, and all the rest is too hard to follow.
Because I'm betting Marie Antoinette Wente is wrong eh? Canadians are not as dumb as she thinks they are. They don't want cake they want justice.
Stephen Harper can run but he can't hide.
It is a crime, the scandal still has legs.
And sooner or later, it's going to walk all over him...
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