Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Rona Ambrose and the Fatal Legacy of Stephen Harper
As you know, Rona Ambrose is finally trying to put some distance between herself and Stephen Harper.
Desperately trying to dispel the notion that she's no longer his faithful puppet, as she was for so many years.
And if you remember, at the recent Press Gallery dinner, she even went so far as to declare that "the bad man's gone."
But sadly for her and her Cons, the monster may have left the building, but his legacy lives on.
And hangs like a dead chicken or a dead albatross around their shrunken necks.
Conservative party leadership candidates — particularly the ones who served as ministers in the cabinets of former prime minister Stephen Harper — will have to finesse the issue of Harper’s legacy as they try to appeal to both their party and the broader Canadian electorate, a new EKOS poll indicates.
According to the poll, almost half of Canadians surveyed — 47 per cent — said they held a negative view of Harper’s legacy. But a majority of Conservatives — 73.8 per cent — held a positive view of Harper’s legacy.
The base is still with him, still thinks he was a great leader.
And that's going to make it very hard to renew the party. Especially since all their shabby leadership candidates will be forced to engage in a delicate balancing act.
Trying to sound like they're new or nouveau, or fresher smelling and nicer.
While still sounding a lot like him...
And when Canadians take in that Con clown show, I wouldn't be surprised if they either scream, or burst out laughing.
For while Frank Graves does offer the Cons a glimmer of hope.
EKOS pollster Frank Graves suggested the terrible view of Harper’s legacy could change if the economy begins to go south and people begin to look back more fondly on Harper.
But right now, said Graves, “Most Canadians are looking back and saying ‘this isn’t a very good legacy, this wasn’t a very good period.”
The best news is that the poll also suggests that a massive number of Canadians still haven't forgotten the horror of the Harper years.
And until that changes, if it ever does, the Cons will go nowhere.
And progressives will rule this country unchallenged.
Poor Cons. The monster made them in his own image.
And try as they might.
They could never escape his fatal legacy...
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