Golly. Talk about the showdown at the Calgary Corral, or the redneck Stampede.
The aging gunslinger in the black hat, staring with his cold dead eyes at the young upstart in the white hat, who is preparing to humiliate him.
And while I can only imagine what was going through Stephen Harper's mind at the sight of his hated rival flaunting his growing popularity. Even in his beloved Alberta.
You can be sure it wasn't pretty eh?
Trying to be a good host and failing so miserably...
And it must have made him wonder again, whether he should stay to fight the next election.
Or leave town in a hurry before he suffers the same fate as that loser he appointed to the Senate...
And ends up on the canvas himself, oozing humiliation out of every orifice.
Because as Stephen Maher points out, those recent by-elections suggest he can't seem to do ANYTHING to stop that Justinmentum.
The byelections saw the Liberals increase their vote impressively while the Tories and NDP lost ground, contributing to a growing sense — call it Justinmentum or dauphinmania — that Canadians want Justin Trudeau to lead them.
Which must be driving him crazy. Or crazier.
A feeling of inevitability is settling in around the rise of the Trudeau fils, which doesn’t do anything to weaken the constitutional powers vested in Harper, but can’t be doing wonders for his mood, the mood of his caucus or the legion of political staffers who run the country at his direction. The idea that Harper is a lame duck — a leader with a lot more past than future — is corrosive.
Shattering the sense of confidence of even his most fanatical or most cowed followers.
If that sense is shaken, and MPs become fearful and rattled, they are more likely to go off script, to stop caring so much what the boys in short pants in the Prime Minister’s Office want them to do, to start thinking about what they can do to keep their seats, work on other career plans or try to poodle up to whoever might run the party after Harper.
And of course making the Cons who lust for his job, like Jason Kenney, REALLY restless...
So you might think Harper must at least be considering early retirement.
Or judging by the way he's blanketing the airwaves with porky ads like this one...
At the very least considering a VERY early election before his popularity deteriorates further, Kenney pushes him overboard, or Son of Trudeau humiliates him.
But not according to Paul Wells, who believes an early election is possible. But also believes that the longer Harper waits the better.
The Conservatives have good reason to wait. It is taking time for them to recover from the mess that resulted when Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s expenses. More time would help. It is taking time for the bloom to come off Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s public-opinion rose. More time might help.
The best reason to let the election happen on the date “fixed” in “law” is that this would give the Conservatives all of next summer to campaign, without worrying about spending limits imposed by Elections Canada.
Even though Harper has been pumping out his porky propaganda and his attack ads for years, and all they do now is irritate Canadians.
Even though the Senate scandal is not over...
It could still come back to haunt him and further taint his brand.
And most importantly what Wells and other MSM pundits don't seem to understand, is that while Harper definitely would like to cling to power, if only so he could make it to number SIX on this list.
And that would definitely extend the shelf life of Wells' latest book.
The longer Harper is Prime Minister will only make most Canadians even MORE sick and tired of him and his ghastly Con regime. If that's possible.
And the reason Justin is so popular, and so many are willing to forgive him his mistakes, is that he embodies the change so many Canadians want so desperately.
And has been chosen by fate to be the one to send his
With painful humiliation thrown in like a towel, as an added BONUS.
Because let's face it eh? He owes us.
He has been monstrous.
And it has been a horror show...
But now it's almost over, and will NOT be continued.
Harper can hang on for a few more months, or another year, or whenever. But it will not change the outcome.
That monster's time is OVER.
So Paul Wells is right about something eh?
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