Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Con Apocalypse: The Con's Rabid Base is Shrinking
Pity poor Rona Ambrose, it's all going so horribly wrong.
The Con leadership race has only attracted two mediocre candidates so far. And so desperate is the situation that some Con MPs are trying to get Ambrose to throw her cap or her turkey crown into the ring.
A Draft Rona Ambrose movement has been launched by a group of Conservative MPs who are attempting to amend the party’s constitution to allow the interim leader to seek the permanent leadership.
And while Ambrose still claims she's not interested, the ghastly Con clown Tony Clement isn't taking any chances.
He is demanding that she honour her "solemn vow."
A former top Conservative cabinet minister — and a potential leadership candidate — says interim leader Rona Ambrose would damage her credibility among her caucus colleagues if she breaks her promise not to run for the permanent job.
"I think Rona Ambrose has been very clear and she made a solemn vow prior to running for the interim leadership that she would not run for the leadership," Tony Clement said in a scrum Monday.
And one can only imagine what Kevin O'Leary, the second most popular potential leadership candidate, must be saying or screaming, about both Ambrose AND Clement.
Business mogul Kevin O'Leary says that if the Conservative Party does not undergo a radical reinvention, and uses the same approach it did last October, they "will forever lose elections."
"If the old political hacks that run that place now think they can take the same strategy into the future, they are 100 per cent wrong -- they will forever lose elections," said O'Leary.
And as if that wasn't bad enough, Ambrose and her Cons are facing an even greater existential threat.
It seems that their rabid base is shrinking.
Since their defeat in the last federal election at the hands of the Trudeau Liberals, the Conservatives have been consoled by the view that their “basement” in popular support was a robust 32 per cent. New research conducted by Nanos suggests that the basement is noticeably lower now.
Fast forward to the latest ballot tracking by Nanos, and one sees an emerging and perhaps troubling trend for the Conservatives. Current support for the Trudeau Liberals stands at 43.2 per cent, followed by the Conservatives at 25.8 per cent, the NDP at 19.3 per cent and the Greens at 5.5 per cent nationally.
On that front, now one can report a new Conservative basement. It is 26 per cent, not the 32 per cent from the last federal election.
And they now face a double challenge.
It should bring into focus for the Conservatives the importance of a leadership renewal process that, at the very least, first starts by recapturing Conservative supporters who stuck with them on election day and then trying to move forward in the face of a Liberal government which remains, as of the latest ballot tracking, popular.
They must try to woo back the members of their hard base, who have abandoned them to support the Liberals. Or died of old age or disappointment since the last election.
While trying to attract more moderate supporters to help make them competitive again.
And judging by the latest ad campaign cooked up by the depraved kids in the short pants who still run the PMO...
That's not going to be easy. Not when they're so crazy desperate.
In fact, I think I can confidently declare it to be impossible.
And sum up the situation this way:
The Cons are still looking like the Harper Party. They can't renew themselves without alienating their shrinking base further.
They are so beaten and humbled they can't attract any decent leadership candidates. Even as the Red Tories and the Reformers prepare to battle each other over control of the party, and hopefully tear it apart.
Because of their shrinking donor base, they're also running out of money, and keep blaring out this desperate message over and over again...
Like an SOS at a shipwreck.
And now they're digging themselves an even deeper basement...
Which with a little luck will turn out to be their grave.
Wow. What a great ending.
Stephen Harper made the Cons in his own image.
And when he went down the rabbit hole he took them all with him...
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