Friday, January 24, 2014
Stephen Harper and The Great Darkness
Not many people noticed, but last night was the eighth anniversary of the election victory that made Stephen Harper Prime Minister.
The night the lights starting going out all over Canada.
The beginning of what historians will one day call The Great Darkness.
When Canada was abandoned to the beasts, and raped and mutilated beyond recognition.
And on this fatal anniversary Chris Hall writes that although Great Leader has been badly mauled by scandal, and his polls are tanking, we shouldn't count him out.
The Senate scandal isn't over. Critics are getting more air time to push their view that Harper is too doctrinaire, too bloody-minded, hell, just too plain mean to last much longer.
And yet those who have worked closely with Harper, who have followed his time in office, insist he isn't going anywhere because being prime minister of Canada is the only job to which he has ever aspired.
And Paul Wells agrees:
"The main point is to endure. Not to last for the sake of lasting… [but] to implement a Conservative change in the political culture of the country," Wells says. "And if that means doing something Liberal today so that he can do more Conservative things tomorrow, it is fine with him.''
But I don't.
While I do think Harper will try to hang on as long as he can, if only so he can try to join MacDonald and Laurier as the only Prime Ministers to win four consecutive terms.
And as you know, clinging to power is in his genes...
Ever since the first Harper in Canada had to be forcibly removed from office after unleashing a reign of terror on his enemies.
But I really wonder whether the darkness is now so great, that even those who make their living covering politics can't see the forest for the trees. Or the spider webs.
Because while it's true the Cons are buffing Great Ugly Leader up, with OUR money, as you can see in this latest propaganda video.
Which does indeed include a nod to the Liberals...
The whole thing reeks of desperation, and nothing can change Harper's dire situation.
His polls are down to as low as 28% and showing no signs of rebounding. Even some in his base are abandoning him. Never have so few Canadians thought he was leading them in the right direction. Or the mood been so sour.
The Senate scandal and the robocall trial will maul him further, and wipe the mascara off his face. The economy is showing signs of growing weakness, and cannot be guaranteed to lift him anymore.
And all that even before we get to his greatest liability, the one that can't be measured. The one that will finish him off.
The depth of the hatred so many Canadians have for him and his foul regime. And the widespread feeling that he has been around for too long, and his time is OVER.
Because once that sets in it's almost impossible to recover from ANYTHING.
Which explains why neither Harper, nor the Con Ministry of Propaganda and Disinformation, mentioned today's anniversary, after having trumpeted it in previous years.
Because they don't want to remind Canadians how long he has been in office.
Lest he scare them further...
But Chris Hall is right about this:
He will stay as long as he can win. He will leave if, and only if, it's clear he can't. Harper's grip might be slipping. But he'll never make the mistake of letting go.
Which is where we come in eh?
Because he only has about a year to decide whether to stay or go. Jason Kenney will make sure of that.
And if we attack him harder than we ever have before, he will NEVER recover in time.
He's been running from the media for weeks, hoping people will forget all his scandals. But on Monday Parliament returns and he won't be able to hide anymore.
He will wither in the returning light.
The Con mummy will crumble.
And sooner or later The Great Darkness will finally end....
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