Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Horse Whisperer
He is angry, he is desperate, his whole world is collapsing around him under the weight of scandal.
The Duffy problem just keeps getting worse.
Making it almost impossible to claim that he didn't know what was going on.
His shell shocked caucus is revolting. Demanding that he do something, anything, to make this nightmare go away.
But at least now he has his boy wonder running him AND the PMO.
His faithful Ray Novak
His little Reform Robin...
The Chosen One. The one in his small inner circle of single white men, who knows his darkness better than ANYONE.
“If you were building a perfect political aide, you would end up with Ray Novak,” says Jim Armour, a former Harper aide himself. “He’s perhaps a perfect combination of trusted loyalist, strategist, interpreter, and maybe even horse whisperer.”
“Ray is effectively the Prime Minister’s closest confidant,” enthuses one government official. “Not only as a member of his staff, but as a personal and intimate member of the Prime Minister’s life.”
“Ray was with him more than anybody else for years and years and years,” says Brodie, who served as Harper’s chief of staff for three years. “They were literally hardly ever apart.”
But even though Novak has been whispering into Harper's ears for years, most Canadians have never heard of him. And even more strangely there are almost no pictures of him and Harper together.
The only one I could find was this one...
Where he is playing stick boy for Big Daddy at a roadside photo-op.
But of course he is much more than that eh? Because if he pleases Harper, by stroking his ego or calming his fevers, Great Leader tries to please him as well.
Indulging his wonder boy's monarchist craze, by ordering the word "Royal" to be slapped on as many things as possible. And turning us into a colony again.
Or assaulting the E.I. program to tickle his hardcore Reform Party tendencies.
From the Herald archives… Harper’s new chief of staff, as a University of Calgary student in 2001, decrying the prospect of a merger between the Progressive Conservatives and Canadian Alliance.
Among the reasons: PCs support more generous Employment Insurance reforms, while the Alliance “labelled EI premiums as a damaging tax on jobs that should be scaled back in favour of tax cuts to spur growth.”
Because not only does the young old Reformer hate the very idea of employment insurance, or Red Tories as much as the Liberals.
He also has some extreme views on medicare.
Novak said his vision of Canada included a government with less control over health care. "Every person would have a portion of their taxes put into a savings account," Novak told The Gauntlet, a student newspaper at the University of Calgary. Canadian citizens would then be able to pay for their own health care, with the government footing the bill for "catastrophes" such as heart attacks, he said.
Where if you have a heart attack and you recover. You have another heart attack waiting for the government to pay for your stay in a private clinic.
Which borders on insanity eh?
And now that Harper has given his boy wonder new powers, who knows where the dynamic duo might take us?
What will Robin whisper into Great Batty Leader's hairy ear next?
Or vice versa...
And the good news?
Together they should make the Cons look more like the Reform Party, and make it easier to defeat them in the next election.
Yup. Harper is desperate, Novak is out of his depth. The last thing the old Cons in the caucus want is another so-called PMO boy in short trousers bossing them around.
It'll drive them WILD.
And it's all just another sign of the slow collapse of the Con regime.
The Puffster is the Penguin. Or the Joker.
And to know them is to defeat them...
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