Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Increasing Desperation of Stephen Harper
Lordy. Somebody call an exorcist. Stephen Harper is haunting my inner sanctum. I just can't get away from him.
As I told you the other day, I was shocked to find that flyer jammed in my front door.
And today my nightmare only grew worse.
When I found this unsolicited invitation in my twitter feed !!!!!
Which since Harperland and paranoia go so well together, had me wondering why am I on the Con voting list instead of their Enemy List? Why are they pretending they don't know where I live or don't read my e-mails?
And are they trying to ruin my reputation ??!@#!!!!
Until I realized that Harper is just DESPERATE.
Because whatever else the recent by-elections demonstrated, it's clear that his plans to destroy Justin Trudeau just aren't working.
If Prime Minister Stephen Harper isn’t worried about this, he isn’t paying attention. The federal Conservatives have already unleashed their attack dogs on Mr. Trudeau, vilifying and belittling him at every opportunity. At this point in their respective leaderships, Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff were already showing distinct signs of the wobbles, but Mr. Trudeau seems able to sail along, unscathed by the abuse.
The Conservatives may pooh-pooh these results and rest confident in their ability to hole Mr. Trudeau’s boat when the big moment comes next year.
But evidence is growing that, after eight years of Harper government, voters have grown accustomed to its tactics and less easily influenced than they once were. If they’re going to do damage to Mr. Trudeau, they better find a better strategy than the one they’re using, because it doesn’t seem to be working.
Despite all the attack ads, or the pins Harper has tried to stick in him, Justin and his Liberals have momentum on their side.
Sometimes byelections are just byelections, voting exercises that don’t deserve their turn under the analytic microscope.
But sometimes you have to tout the scorecard and when you do, there is a federal political trend that is unassailable — in nine trips to the polls under Justin Trudeau, Liberal voting percentages have grown nine times, in ridings as diverse as Labrador, downtown Toronto and Montreal, rural Manitoba and rural and northern Alberta.
And since even some of his supporters in Alberta don't seem as eager to vote for him and his Cons as they once were, Harper has good reason to be worried.
Justin Trudeau and his team have managed to resuscitate their party from near death. The Liberals’ new-found popularity, as borne out in the by-election results, suggests that they have become the first choice of non-Conservative voters, and the main force to be reckoned with in the 2015 election.
The next federal election is still a long way off, and both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Mulcair are untested in a national campaign. A lot can change in a year. But the by-elections confirm that there are new dynamics at play. The New Democrats look to be sliding. The Liberals are surging. And the Conservatives have reason to worry.
And all I can say is I'm not surprised. For more than a year polls have shown that Canadians are hungry for change.
According to a new CTV News Ipsos Reid poll, many Canadians are looking for a change in federal politics. The poll shows that under Justin Trudeau’s leadership the Liberal party has been gaining ground.
And whatever some may think of him, or whether he deserves it, Trudeau symbolizes that change better than any other political leader...
And there's NOTHING Stephen Harper can do about that. For the longer he stays in power the more that desire for change will grow.
The more he reduces the deficit the less risky he will make that change.
And since he made image over substance the hallmark of his old and tired government, it seems only right that it should come back to haunt him.
And of course, since he's trying to solicit my vote he must be REALLY desperate eh?
Oh well. On another night I'll take a look at what all of this means for the NDP, the party I usually support.
But tonight I'll just end by saying the universe is unfolding almost as I hoped it would. Because all I care about is the total destruction of the Con regime.
And in that regard, the writing, or Justin, is on the wall.
And the tired old dictator is heading for a nasty fall...
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