In all my years of studying Stephen Harper, like a bug, I have never seen him look and act so crazy. Blaming the RoboCon scandal on the Liberals.
As only he could.
Or hunched over his desk writing away, pretending to ignore a debate about whether he stole an election. As only he would.
But it was the look in his eyes that froze the blood in my veins. Or made me feel like Vic Toews was looking over my shoulder.
Because it's the look of a frightened and desperate man. A man who because he is what he is, can't fully understand what's happening. Or why he's looking like a liar or a dangerous idiot.
But he can read the polls. He knows this is trouble. And he is willing to say or do ANYTHING to stay in power.
In other words, he's looking and acting like the first Harper in Canada probably did, when they came to drive him from office.
He had risen to the post of justice of the peace by the time a judicial inquiry found him guilty of, as one historian put it, "violent and oppressive measures" - vindictive to a point beyond all reason.
Because sooner or later it had to happen eh?
But of course the really scary part is that this Harper is even more deranged and vindictive than the first one. And this one is determined to let NOTHING stop him from changing Canada beyond recognition.
So he's perfectly capable of doing something as insane as this.
Far from tempering spending cuts to ease the sting of recent political setbacks, the Conservative government intends to double down on fiscal austerity in the March 29 budget, cutting departmental spending across the board by closer to 10% than 5% and slashing the total operating budget by close to $8-billion, including a cut of at least 10% to the CBC.
Killing government and social services, and washing down the CBC with a bottle of Chianti, just because he needs to change the channel.
Whatever else a rightward fiscal turn may achieve, it is certain to initiate a new round of debate that is not about robocalls, which one senses is also part of the political objective. A debate about the economy is one in which the Conservatives will be on their home turf, where polls have consistently shown they are most trusted by Canadians.
Even though that would almost certainly plunge Canada into a brutal recession.
Yup. Let's face it eh? We're in the hands of a deranged leader and his insane Con klown posse. Canadians really should have heeded this warning from Tom "Strangelove" Flanagan.
A Globe piece by Mr. Flanagan before the 2011 election was actually titled “An election is war by other means,” while earlier he had compared the 2008 campaign to ancient wars in which Rome (the Conservatives) defeated Carthage (the Liberals) and “razed the city to the ground and sowed salt in the fields so nothing would grow there again.”
It was always going to be a nightmare...
And unless we can force a public inquiry.
Or have him and his Cons arrested for massive electoral fraud.
It's going to get a lot scarier.
And it's probably going to end badly...