We all knew that Tony Clement's campaign launch for leader of the Harper Party was going to be a ghastly spectacle.
Because all the hype or the lipstick in the world can't make him look like an attractive candidate, let alone a winning one.
He's got loser written all over him.
But who knew the big launch would be both farcical AND deeply disturbing?
Because while it was farcical to see Clement trying to make it sound like an "important" announcement.
And blowing his tiny trumpet outrageously.
Clement said he was "tested, and ready today, to earn back the confidence of families, of millennials, of moms and dads, of urban and rural Canadians, and of small business leaders, and seniors who want government to be an empowering force for good."
When you read what he had to say, you really have to wonder whether his massive ego is now totally out of control. Or whether he is losing his mind, or the last of his marbles.
For if he thinks he can get millennials to vote for him, after the way him and his Great Economist Leader kept their unemployment rate steady at twice the national average.
Or thinks he can fool seniors into voting for him after the way the Con regime went after their money...
Or worse, thinks he can fool Canadians into thinking that any member of that regime could be an "empowering force for good."
He must be dangerously deluded.
And the way he bragged about his time as health minister under the brutish Ontario premier Mike Harris is more proof of that.
Clement also cited his experience as the former minister of health for the Ontario Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris.
"For greater prosperity and more opportunity, I am your leader. For a better quality of life from health to the environment I am your leader. For security of our people and the defence of values, I am your leader.
For it wasn't something to brag about, it was a health care catastrophe.
Shortly after assuming office, the Harris government announced that several hundred nurses would be laid off to cut costs in the health sector. The government also implemented a series of hospital closures on the recommendations of a Health Services Restructuring Commission.
Harris compared the laid off hospital workers to the people who lost their jobs after the hula hoop fad died down in the early 1960s, commenting "Just as Hula-Hoops went out and those workers had to have a factory and a company that would manufacture something else that's in, it's the same in government, and you know, governments have put off these decisions for so many years that restructuring sometimes is painful"
So Clement is no leader no matter how many times he repeats the word or tries to make us think he's cool...
And of course his decision to go wild on Twitter was absolutely bizarre.
For not only was it totally manic. And can only make even more people question his sanity.
It also inspired the Twittersphere to go absolutely wild.
Can anyone name anything Tony Clement accomplished while being one of #harperman s lap dogs. Beside a $50 million Gazebo #cdnpoli— Merlin (@MerlinYYC) July 12, 2016
And remind Canadians of Tony Gazebo's appalling record in office.I may sound like broken record on Tony Clement. But for goodness sakes he spent many millions of tax S$ on lame ads 4 partisan purposes— Bruce Anderson (@bruceanderson) July 11, 2016
But then Clement, like all those other Con candidates, is not just a victim of his own mediocrity.
He's a victim of changing times. That's what the last election was all about.
That's why Justin Trudeau is so popular. And why if an election was held tomorrow he'd do even better than he did last October.
How much better? How about winning 280 seats in the House of Commons – nearly 100 more than nine months ago – while reducing the Conservative Party of Canada to a chihuahua-sized opposition (55 seats rather than the 99 they won) and blowing the hapless New Democratic Party out of the airlock of official party status (five seats rather than the 44 they hung on to last autumn).
Because he represents change, and Canadians prefer sunny ways.
Polls reiterating that the man who just wasn’t ready is in fact shaping up as Canada’s ridiculously popular leader continue to pile up. And no matter how fervently Trudeau’s opponents may pray for rain, it seems that as far as voters are concerned, every new day is sunny.
And because the Cons don't understand that, and are still stuck in the past, and still the grim Harper Party.
And they can't change.
Now they're ALL staring into The Abyss...
They really don't know what they're doing.
They really don't know what country they're living in.
And they really are all heading for the oblivion they so richly deserve...
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