Sunday, May 25, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Little PMO Monsters
It's a deeply disturbing image. Stephen Harper in his bunker surrounded by his shrinking inner circle.
The only ones he still trusts after having disposed of all his enemies, real or imagined.
Making wild plans to destroy Justin Trudeau AND the Chief Justice.
And nobody able to rein him in, because as I've warned before, this is a PMO like no other.
Harper's inner circle is shrinking, not in terms of size, but in age, life experience and links to the professions, some critical observers say.
Harper's habit of not just distancing himself from once close people who have displeased him, but outright banishing them, has led to an increasing isolation, some observers feel, forcing a reliance on hyper-partisans.
A collection of young fanatics the Cons themselves call the "boys in the short pants."
Keith Beardsley, a former adviser to Harper, first coined the phrase "boys in short pants" to describe what he says are young staffers in the PMO who have a habit of "bossing around MPs of 20 years' experience and telling them how to do politics."
A cult-like group of sinister operatives who believe, like their Great Leader, that the end justifies the means, and far from restraining him, they are his cheerleaders.
Beardsley, a former high school teacher and Montreal city councillor who left the Prime Minister's Office in 2008, doubts current staffers get into yelling matches with Harper "because of the youth, the intense partisanship." He added, "He can be an intimidating guy when he gets going. These are the rah-rah troops."
People like Harper's chief of staff, his boy wonder Ray Novak...
His current right hand is 37-year-old Ray Novak, so close to Harper he once lived above the garage at Stornoway when Harper was Opposition leader, and was treated as a family member.
Or his deputy chief of staff Jenni Byrne...
Jenni Bryne, the same age as Novak, is a co-deputy chief of staff, and painted by Flanagan as "a warrior who would walk through a wall for you. Whether it's the right thing to do or not, she will do it."
Or all the other little Reform monsters he suckled and groomed, who wouldn't see anything wrong with the depraved way Harper treated Beverley McLachlin.
And would do ANYTHING their deranged daddy commands...
And the good news?
Today they may be enjoying burying our democracy, but sooner or later we will be burying the Con regime.
Because Harper badly needs to be restrained if he is going to be able to remake his tarnished image, and hope to win the next election. But they can't do that because he is THEM.
And he needs to restrain his little monsters, before they do something ghastly, and get caught. But he can't do that because they are HIM.
And sooner or later those crazed fanatics will get them ALL into even more trouble...
But don't take my word eh? Just wait eight days until Michael Sona's robocall trial begins on June 2, and then I'm sure we'll all see where the Cult of Harper leads.
The shadowy PMO will be exposed, and the people who are really running this country will become a factor in the next election.
Golly, I like monster movies with happy endings eh?
He created them in his image, to wreak havoc on his enemies.
But in the end those crazed fanatics will help destroy him...
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