Thursday, September 10, 2015
Are We Finally Witnessing the Total Collapse of the Harper Regime?
Yesterday I told you that the mood in the Con War Room couldn't be grimmer, and that the mood on their bus couldn't be more toxic. And that many were blaming Jenni Byrne.
Well now Byrne has been kicked off the bus and sent back to Ottawa.
One of Stephen Harper's closest advisers is being sent back to Ottawa after a series of missteps knocked the Conservative leader's re-election bid off message, CBC News has learned.
Sources tell CBC News she is bearing the brunt of Harper's anger over this week's decision to boot two candidates who made it through the party's screening process, which she was supposed to oversee.
And the blame game has begun.
The blame game has begun in earnest among some senior Conservatives, as interpersonal rivalries bubble away below the surface and longtime stalwarts worry about the state of the campaign.
And although Harper is plodding on, and as usual blaming others, it's starting to look like a mutiny.
One Conservative went so far as to call it "open mutiny," saying many Tories are simply not pitching in to help with the campaign out of disenchantment.
With many Cons finally starting to realize that Harper is the problem.
"It's down to the bunker," said another, noting Harper has made the circle of advisers around him even tighter than previous elections.
And that he is leading his party to disaster.
And now that I have seen that strange beaten look in his eyes...
And now that he's finally admitted that he's not perfect. In this interview with Peter Mansbridge.
I am who I am. Canadians know me. I'm not perfect but ah you know, I'm dedicated to my country, I love my country. I think I've done as good a job as I can do and I lead a great team of people.
And in this new Con ad...
I have to wonder whether Paul Wells, who has always been one of his biggest boosters, is right.
And that Stephen Harper may finally be realizing that his time is over.
Stephen Harper is having a ball out there on the road, loose and cheerful, and it’s all a bit jarring, because there is no poll so far that suggests he can hang onto a Conservative majority in the House of Commons after Oct. 19. Most polls suggest he is not on track to win this thing in any way.
Maybe Harper knows something we don’t. Maybe he can’t see the gathering clouds. Or maybe the Conservative leader knows what we know—that this may be his last hurrah—and he’s okay with that.
Maybe Harper knows he is probably going to lose this election. Maybe he has made his peace.
But unlike Wells I don't think there is any mystery about this situation.
I think Harper has finally realized that he cannot resist the powerful winds of change that are sweeping across this country.
And that most Canadians are desperate for something better...
And all I can say after fighting him for almost ten years is that we cannot take anything for granted. For even in his weakened condition he is still capable of anything.
He could still use a terrorist incident to scare people into voting for him. He could still try to steal the election.
He is still a monster...
They all are.
So we must continue to fight him and his rotting Con regime harder than ever.
We must make sure that we are ready to vote.
And encourage others to do the same.
So that on October 19 we can march to the polls, and be sure of ending our long nightmare.
But after so many years, after so much horror and darkness, I think I can see a new day dawning.
The day when we will finally take our country back.
The day those ghastly Cons, and their depraved leader, are finally gone.
Glory, glory hallelujah.
And we are free at last...
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