Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Solo Stephen and the Scary Collapse of the House of Harper
As you know Stephen Harper has been losing so many ministers recently, that even though he's a psychopath not a people person, he must be feeling awfully lonely.
And of course desperately vulnerable.
For how can he claim that the opposition parties are unfit to govern?
When his front bench is now so thin, and his talent pool so shallow, one really has to wonder whether the Cons can still call themselves a government.
What with their Great Leader looking so shrunken...
And as Lawrence Martin writes, his Con regime looking so enfeebled.
Wherever you look in this government there are signs of what the French call “dégringolade.” With Industry Minister James Moore calling it quits last week, the cabinet has now lost most of its lead players. In the Senate, big Tory names have fallen, the Red Chamber fast becoming the dead chamber.
In the Prime Minister’s Office, chief of staff Nigel Wright went down owing to a cover-up operation and others have been caught in dirty tricks.
Or looking like something out of the fall of the House of Usher...
What can be said? With all the falls, all the ignominy and gloom, does the House of Usher come to mind? In Ottawa, whispers about a pending collapse of the sort that has befallen other governments of long incumbency have become more than whispers.
Smelling of death, and teetering on the verge of collapse.
With its deathly leader's claims sounding ever more fraudulent or hollow.
The exodus does make it harder for the PM to belittle an opponent as not being ready for prime-time. When so many of your own prime-timers have deserted you, it risks ringing hollow.
In fact so desperate is the situation, that even Tasha Kheirridin is alarmed.
At this rate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper might soon be able to hold cabinet meetings in the back of a van.
It’s never a good thing for an incumbent party to lose some of its strongest players, but for the Conservatives the problem isn’t just who’s leaving — it’s who’s not coming in through the door.
And with good reason. Not only is Harper losing all his best people, he's not recruiting any new talent. And looking more and more like solo Stephen, or a one-man band...
Ironically, the Conservative party’s own ads buttress this storyline by showing Harper working alone, late into the night — presumably to drive home the idea that the PM is the one man alive who can keep Canadians safe from terrorism and economic chaos.
Unfortunately, this also reinforces the idea that he’s a one-man band.
Or more and more like a monomaniacal leader whose depraved lust for power and total control has ravaged his country, decimated his own ranks, and is destroying the future of his own party.
Strong leaders leave a legacy for their parties. That means recruiting talent, nurturing it and planning for succession. Elections aren’t just about the next four years — they’re about the future. In the Conservatives’ case, the future seems to be eroding.
Which of course couldn't be better news. Because at a time when the desire for change is so strong, all of the above can only fuel it further.
And make our message REALLY simple.
The Con regime is rotting from the head down, and way past due.
This is NOT a government....
Just a Con clown show.
And this is NOT a Great Leader...
Just a small yappy creature growing more desperate by the day.
Who for his own protection and our own.
Can't be defeated and caged soon enough....
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