As you probably know the Preston Manning is holding a big Con Conclave in Ottawa, and it's not just the hookers who are quivering with excitement. So are the pundits and poobahs.
Because it's the BIG EVENT !!!
Given the potential for spirited and substantial political debate, is it any wonder that ManningFest has become one of the hottest political tickets in town?
Which in itself tells you how low we have fallen eh?
And that's BEFORE you check the guest list and discover that Mark Steyn is one of the main speakers...
And that the Con parson Preston Manning has been scraping the bottom of the barrel...
Uh oh. Another fallen parson. Preston Manning invites Mark Steyn to speak at his conference. http://t.co/qfKbQwQYNa Pray for him everyone.
— Simon (@montrealsimon) February 28, 2014
But of course Stephen Harper was praying that this sordid gathering of the Cons would give him and his sagging government a boost.
And sadly for him, in that regard, it's been a total BUST.
Because first the PMO deployed their new weapon, Laureen Harper, who has been getting a bigger and bigger role in all their propaganda.
But her story about the dogged loyalty of Harper's boy wonder Ray Novak left all the ambitious young operatives at the Conclave reeling.
"He showed up at the office to volunteer on my husband's very first leadership campaign. He was a skinny little kid from the Ottawa Valley. And his first job -- I love this -- is we told him to take the flies out of the light fixtures. I love that story. It just shows that if you work hard and put your nose to the grindstone, who knows where you can be."
Wondering what degradation they might have to endure, or what they might have to put their noses to, to get ahead in the Con regime.
And left others questioning Harper's judgement...
Or trooping over to get drunk or whatever with his other famous appointee.
And then, speaking of brass poles, down came the pollster bearing the bad news. The Cons are tanking.
A longtime conservative pollster is warning the movement that the Liberals are seeing a resurgence, and it's not just a flash in the pan.
His online poll of 1,000 Canadians found that 31 per cent of respondents identified as Liberals, compared with 26 per cent for the Conservatives and 18 per cent for the NDP. He conducted the poll from Dec. 16-18.
And he isn't a Great Economist Leader anymore.
What's potentially more worrisome for the Conservative government is that on the top concern for the public — the economy — respondents scored the Liberals higher in their perceived ability to handle the issue. "Control of that particular issue has been lost to the Liberals," Turcotte said, noting the Liberals also rated higher on health care.
Which must have been devastating after trying so hard, and spending so much of our money to try to create that false impression.
But ironically, it was Jason Kenney, the man who is so desperate to replace him, who delivered the knockout blow.
By declaring that the Con's flawed income splitting plan wouldn't just reward the wealthy. It would also reward "stable families."
Employment Minister Jason Kenney praised income splitting as a benefit for what he called "stable family units," all but cementing the notion the government is once again committed to allowing two-parent families with children to shield some of their income from taxes.
"All of the social research indicates that folks that come from stable families tend to do better in terms of their economic prospects," Kenney said.
Which no doubt pleased the Harperite's religious base who want women to stay at home.
The policy particularly appealed to social conservatives because it would reward families where one parent stays at home.
However, the C.D. Howe Institute pointed out income splitting would do nothing for 85 per cent of families, while the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said the policy would benefit only the wealthiest of families.
But will no doubt leave all those other Canadians hearing banjos.
And of course leaves Stephen Harper, who has been flip flopping wildly on the issue, holding the stinky fish...
And looking like a desperate leader who will do anything to please his rabid base.
And I mean ANYTHING...
Sign your support: http://t.co/vX2RIwSWsy #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/sVNGVJbrE1
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 1, 2014
Because that's all he's got left eh?
Oh well, so much for the Con Conclave, or the Cracker Barrel.
It may be the Big Event in Ottawa, but it won't be for much longer.
If that's the future of the Conservative movement.
Its day is almost over....
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