Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Stephen Harper's Scary Byelection Night
Golly. I can only imagine the state Stephen Harper must have been in last night as he watched the byelection results come in.
Especially the one in Brandon-Souris, the riding that has been in Con hands for half a century.
And although in the end no seats changed hands, I'm sure the Cons were still pumping him full of horse tranquilizer long after it was over.
Because it's not like he had anything to celebrate eh?
Not when he almost lost the eternal Con riding. And not when Justin Trudeau was declared the big winner.
Justin Trudeau emerged the big winner from Monday's four federal byelections. At first glance, the results simply preserved the status quo: the Conservatives held on to two longtime Tory bastions in Manitoba, while the Liberals retained two traditional Grit strongholds in Toronto and Montreal.
Beneath the surface, however, the byelections have roiled Canada's political waters, suggesting the Senate expenses scandal has badly hurt the Tory government and that Trudeau's Liberals are the ones who stand to benefit.
Because you know how much he hates him. And he must surely know that the Senate scandal can only get worse, and if it could hurt him in Con Manitoba, it could KILL him elsewhere.
Which means that a lot of Cons are probably going to be wondering, even more than they already were, whether Harper is an asset or a liability, and the right man to lead them into the next election.
And you can be sure that Jason Kenney must be agonizing over whether to make his move now...
Or wait until the Con ship starts heading for the bottom...
And of course he's not the only Con having those kinds of rebellious thoughts. Or wondering whether Stephen Harper still knows what he's doing.
Conservatives are criticizing the PMO’s alarmingly poor strategy on the Senate expenses scandal and critics say, following last week’s explosive, 80-page RCMP court document with new allegations and details on the $90,000 payment former chief of staff Nigel Wright made to Senator Mike Duffy, it could hurt the party and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Because a lot of think he doesn't and many are blaming the new gang of young fanatics in the PMO for leading him astray.
“Every office, particularly where big decisions are being made, needs some grey heads around who have lots of experience who don’t overreact to issues, who when people are losing their heads keep theirs, who calm things down when things get hectic.”
And of course worrying about saving their own skins.
“For MPs in a lot of parts of the country, they could face the prospect of losing. So, when you face the prospect of losing, you start to think how do I survive?”
Which means that unless things improve radically in the next few months, Stephen Harper will still have to decide sooner rather than later, whether to resign, or face a full fledged rebellion.
While the young fanatics in the PMO will find themselves fighting off the Senate scandal AND their own followers. Which should drive them CRAZY. Or crazier than they already are.
Which reminds me...since one of those fanatics ,the Con pitbull Jenni Byrne, was spotted personally directing operations in the Brandon-Souris riding....
And since she ran the Con campaign during the last general election. You know, the Poutine Election.
Could we please have a RECOUNT?
And a TEN count for Stephen Harper.
Because now he must surely know that he is in BIG trouble.
The Senate scandal can only get worse.
“If Nigel Wright is charged, it is going to be a very serious issue for the Prime Minister to hang on. There’ll be a lot of people within the Conservative Party who’ll be saying, ‘Wait a minute here, you picked this guy. He ran this operation out of your office. You may not have known [about it],’ the RCMP are very clear he did not know about it. This operation was run out of your office, you have to take some responsibility for that...”
The troops are getting restless.
He's running out of time.
And slowly but surely he's running out of POWER...
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