Friday, May 31, 2013
Why Stephen Harper Will Never Escape Mike Duffy
Well, as you know, I've been having fun with this one for years.
But today I'm really laughing my you know what off eh ?
Because now I know for sure that Mike Duffy really wanted to be a Minister.
Six months after he was appointed to the Senate, Mike Duffy was in consultations with Conservatives about an expanded role in the party and increased compensation, including his own suggestion he be named a minister without portfolio to get a car and staff, according to an email exchange obtained by CBC News.
The email asks for advice about how Duffy should be compensated for what the email calls "my expanded role in the party."
And now I know Stephen Harper will NEVER get away from Duffy no matter how hard he tries.
Like today, when he tried to talk about beef, or grapes, or whatever, with the President of Chile. Only to have Old Duff steal the show. Again.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he had no prior knowledge of a $90,000 payment by his former chief of staff to cover expenses improperly claimed by Senator Mike Duffy, and if he had known, he "would have said not to do it."
Because what the e-mails show is how close Duffy was to Stephen Harper .And how much he believed Harper owed him, or loved him. For stabbing Stephane Dion in the back in the dying days of the 2008 election campaign.
They also make Duffy look like even more of a Con operative, which makes it even less likely that Harper didn't know what Nigel Wright was doing to help his pal Mikey.
And here's the best part.
Although after looking closely at a recent picture of old Nige, intercepted by a CTV reporter while running half a marathon through the deserted streets of Ottawa at 4 am in the morning.
Like he does every day...
I wouldn't be surprised if he is the kind of religious fanatic who WOULD take the fall for Harper. If you know what I mean eh?
But it doesn't really matter what he says, because NOBODY will believe Harper. Or give him the benefit of the doubt.
If we’re to believe Harper’s account of the timing, therefore, we must first believe that not only Wright, but also PMO communications staff, did not warn their boss of the imminent cataclysm. If that’s true, then everything we thought we knew about Harper is wrong. Far from being a control freak, he’s a delegator of Reaganesque proportions. Except that no one in Ottawa believes that. This is a government in which all lines of power lead back to one office, and one man.
Not even many of his own supporters believe that he didn't know.
He has burned too many bridges, lied too many times, poisoned his own well.
The Conservative party is home to many decent folk, and good, hardworking MPs. But as an institution, with Harper at its head, it has obstructed, deceived, attacked, maligned and bullied, in ways and instances too numerous to mention here. So that now, when the prime minister most needs the benefit of the doubt, it is nowhere around him. Seeking trust that he did the right thing, he finds there is none. And the vicious spiral deepens.
Or, to put it bluntly, he screwed HIMSELF.
And now he's in a death spiral.
He'll never escape this scandal.
And he'll never escape Old Duff...
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