Friday, April 03, 2015
The Incredibly Wonderful and Amazing Humbling of Jason Kenney
For years Jason Kenney has been considered the brightest star in the Con constellation, after his depraved leader Stephen Harper.
The hardest working minister, the Pope of the Con's religious base, Mr Curry in a Hurry, the rabid partisan who could do no wrong.
But not any longer.
Because if he thought he could get away with lying about why the Harperites are extending the war to Syria, it seems he was very much mistaken.
Because now the NDP is after him and they want him investigated.
NDP defence critic Jack Harris submitted a request to Speaker Andrew Scheer Thursday to have Defence Minister Jason Kenney investigated for breach of privilege.
The request stems from mistaken comments Kenney made repeatedly over the past week in which he said Canada was asked to join anti-Islamic State airstrikes over Syria because it is the only other country beside the United States with precision guided munitions.
He has been humbled. Made to look like a child who doesn't know the difference between right and wrong...
His reputation is taking a beating.
Jason Kenney has long been considered the Conservative party’s best approximation of an heir apparent; a dauphin, if you will. In a caucus notably lacking in strong performers, save for the Prime Minister and a handful of ministers, Mr. Kenney is a star. Or was.
For it has been reinforced lately, most recently Wednesday, that this minister has a potentially crippling Achilles heel; his very confidence and combativeness, coupled with instant access to social media, lead him to one snafu after another. Making matters worse, having erred, Mr. Kenney is incapable of apology. The words “I’m sorry” apparently cannot pass his lips without causing him to spontaneously combust.
A lot of people, including some in the military, are said to be questioning his judgement and/or his mental stability...
And no doubt wondering whether it really was a good idea to make a Cold War warrior, a religious fanatic, and a chubby chickenhawk who lies all the time, Canada's Minister of War.
From any government minister at any time, this cascade of self-inflicted wounds, followed by mulish pride, would be cause for concern. From a defence minister in wartime it is alarming.
Especially since his Twitter site keeps up a steady barrage of tweets like this one...
And it seems he really does want to get us into a war with the godless Russians. You know, the ones with the crazy leader AND the nuclear weapons.
Which has some wondering whether they should hope for an intervention, or pray for deliverance.
Like Kenney must be doing...
Others are already calling for his resignation.
On March 13, this editorial board wrote there was “hope yet that (Jason) Kenney will focus on the task at hand” and that he would learn to treat the job of defence minister with “the solemnity his office deserves.” It seems our hope was misplaced. It is starting to look like Kenney is simply not up to the job.
Canadians need to have faith that if our country goes to war, it will be acting on accurate and up-to-date information about its allies’ capabilities, and that its decisions will be informed and considered. If we cannot have that faith with this minister at the helm, then we need a new minister.
And all of this couldn't be more delicious or ironic.
He set out to declare war on the Russians, the Islamic heathens, the niqab conspiracy AND Justin Trudeau...
Only to fire his torpedoes in his own general direction, and blow HIMSELF out of the water.
And in less than TWO MONTHS after he became minister !!!!
But then what did he expect? You just can't lie about the reasons for going to war in Syria. Claim it was all about bombs when it's actually about pleasuring the Con base. And hope to get away with it.
And if he had any honour he should resign immediately.
But he doesn't have any honour, and he won't resign, because that would focus attention on the man who appointed him Defence Minister, and remind Canadians once again of Stephen Harper's abominable judgement.
In the middle of the Duffy trial...
But we will use all of this against them in the election campaign.
Both Kenney and Harper have been damaged. And with a little bit of luck.
They'll both go down together...
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