Thursday, January 02, 2014
Will Stephen Harper Take a Walk in the Snow?
He hasn't been seen for days. He wasn't able to offer any support to a million victims of the ice storm.
His weird Christmas message has some people in Ottawa wondering whether he is having a nervous breakdown.
So it's not surprising that some are also wondering whether Stephen Harper will soon be taking a walk in the snow.
The latest Nanos Research polls show a Canadian electorate in a winter of discontent, consigning the Harper government to the dumpster on a broad range of key issues...Pollster Nik Nanos says he has hasn't seen numbers this bad for the Conservatives since Harper first led the party to power in 2006.
But these assessments aren't the worst of it for the PM and his party. Polls show public antipathy towards them is hardening.
Great Ugly Leader has lost his Teflon coating, and the troops are growing restless.
Internally, there are signs Harper's once iron fist is losing its grip on party discipline. And the worse things get for the Conservatives, the more the troops are beginning to rebel. One example: Conservative insiders say there are more than 30 Tory MPs ready to defy their parliamentary whip if necessary to support a private member's bill to reduce the almost omnipotent powers of party leaders.
Just ask Jason Kenney and all the others who want his job.
Peter MacKay is working on his French. James Moore is losing weight. And Jason Kenney is working the room at a pub full of journalists hosted by his staff. Meatballs, devilled eggs and drinks on the house. It has the feel of a hospitality suite. The kind you’d find at, say, a leadership convention. But of course there’s no race on. Not yet.
Because they wouldn't be so blatant, if they didn't think that job might become available sooner than most people imagine. And besides what else could account for la Jason flogging DEVILLED eggs?
And then there's the police.
It could even get much worse, especially if police end up charging Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, or anyone else from the PMO, in connection with the $90,000 cheque to disgraced Senator Mike Duffy. Charges against any of the senators or others involved in the unfolding fiasco could keep the issue in the news for months, if not years, and likely provide Canadians with even more details unhelpful to the prime minister.
And not just the Senate scandal but maybe the Robocall scandal as well.
This may also be the year election authorities finally get to the bottom of the insidious robocalls that were designed to send thousands of Canadians to the wrong polling stations in the last federal election. No matter what the outcome there, it is unlikely to enhance the Conservative brand.
And when you add it all up, and look at the way Harper is behaving, you can see why the Cons are so desperate.
"Maybe they just have to hope Justin Trudeau's leadership blows up, Tom Mulcair does relatively well, and the economy is booming by 2015," Nanos says. Failing that, next New Year's Eve may well find Stephen Harper at 24 Sussex Dr., contemplating a walk in the snow, following in the footsteps of an earlier Trudeau's famous winter stroll straight out of politics.
And my prediction is he won't wait until next winter. If he doesn't resign shortly after returning from his trip to Israel, which I think is still a possibility considering his state of mind, he'll be gone by next summer. If the police don't arrest him first.
And all I can say is, how times change. And although I realize it is the dark of winter, and we've become a very gloomy country.
I feel sure that sooner rather than much later.
The mad King will surrender to reality.
And the announcement will come...
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