Saturday, January 16, 2016
Rona Ambrose and the Dilapidated State of the Harper Party
It tells you a lot about the dilapidated state of the Harper Party, and the lamentable judgment of their hapless interim leader Rona Ambrose.
That just a few days after being criticized by some anonymous party officials for failing to properly organize the Con leadership race, by just standing around doing nothing, and looking stupid.
Something that comes naturally to her...
She would seek to correct that impression by embracing the ghastly hustler Kevin O'Leary.
Celebrity businessman Kevin O'Leary is having conversations with interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose, continuing his informal moves behind the scenes at a bid for the Conservative leadership.
And declare that he would make an excellent candidate.
"Kevin O'Leary is someone who believes in smaller government, lower taxes, he calls himself a Conservative and he's welcome to run in the race," she said.
Even though O'Leary's outrageous assault on Rachel Notley, couldn't be more cowardly or more wrong.
The reason Alberta’s economy is in shambles is not because the electorate voted for the New Democrats last spring; it’s because the bottom fell out of the global oil market, pure and simple.
And he's just a wannabe Donald Trump...
Mr. O’Leary now says he is mulling a run at the federal Conservative Party leadership. Of course he is. After witnessing the success that Mr. Trump is enjoying south of the border in his run for the Republican presidential nomination, it’s only natural Mr. O’Leary might fantasize about riding the same shallow, narrow-minded brand of populism to power.
Who doesn't even live here.
And once said this on the CBC:
Elect me as Prime Minister for 15 minutes. I will make unions illegal. Anybody who remains a union member will be thrown in jail.
Which tells you all you need to know about his fascist tendencies.
But although I am stunned by Rona Ambrose's appalling judgement, I am also delighted.
Because if that capitalist predator does end up running for Con leader, he will help turn their leadership race into a circus, make the Cons look like tea baggers, kill their chances of ever been taken seriously again.
And almost certainly end up totally humiliated.
So as Scott Reid writes, we really must encourage him to take the plunge.
The spectacle of seeing O’Leary get devoured in the shark tank of federal politics would be the most entertaining reality program of all time: Keeping Up With The Kardashians meets CTV’s Question Period.
And see how long he lasts, before he's eaten alive...
Not only would an O’Leary candidacy inject a dose of electricity into a Conservative race that would otherwise rely on Tony Clement for its buzz factor, it would offer the opportunity to witness an epic humbling.
Politics isn’t as easy as Kevin O’Leary thinks. Elected leaders aren’t as foolish as he claims. And governing isn’t as simple as he suggests. So let’s call his bluff. Let’s see how the dragon does when he’s the one tossed into the den.
And of course, good luck with Rona Ambrose's attempt to portray the Cons as the party of real economists. With a candidate who would run Canada like a hedge fund.
At a time when Canadians are running or stumbling around firing off a confetti gun salute to the last "real economist" Stephen Harper...
But wait there's more.
As Dan Leger points out, if a wannabe Donald Trump like O'Leary can run for Con leader, why not Don Cherry?
Maybe O’Leary’s real agenda is just to get more of the attention he craves. There’s no indication that any real Conservatives would support him for leader. Still, the job’s wide open and anyone can be a candidate. A friend suggested Don Cherry might as well run, too. Why not? He’s also loud, famous and politically clueless.
In the age of Trump and O’Leary, that’s apparently all you need.
Because that is the bottom line. The Cons are now so dilapidated, their failed policies so obvious, the damage Harper did to them and the country so great, they can't attract any good candidates.
For even if there are any out there, they must surely know that when we bring in electoral reform no leader will be able to save them.
So the Con's future is looking grim.
Their leadership race will be a circular firing squad, or a freak show...
And if they don't kill each other, we will finish them off.
Now isn't that a happy thought to end the week?
Have a great weekend everybody !!
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