Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Is Stephen Harper Losing His Grip on Power And His Marbles?
As you know, I've been watching Stephen Harper closely for eight long and horrible years, like some people watch birds.
And I can honestly say I've rarely seen him looking worse. Or more deeply disturbed.
I can't get what what Tom Flanagan says about him in his new book out of my mind:
“He can be suspicious, secretive, and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia, at other times falling into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions.”
So the last thing I needed to see him talking about was the Third World War.
"When a major power acts in a way that is so clearly aggressive, militaristic, and imperialistic, this represents a significant threat to the peace and stability of the world, and it's time we all recognized the depth and the seriousness of that threat."
And looking like he might enjoy it...
But then it is only Cowboy Steve...
Greg Perry/Toronto Star
In relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote.
And what's driving him crazy isn't the scary situation in Ukraine, it's his own perilous position.
Stephen Harper was always a political loner but these days he mostly just looks isolated.
Jim Flaherty has left him. He was forced to whack his good buddy Dimitri Soudas, six weeks after he hired him. He couldn't save his good bigot Rob Anders even though he endorsed him...
Jason Kenney wants his job. The scandals are piling up. The Supreme Court is slapping him around. The robocall trial is about to start.The RCMP are investigating the PMO.
He can't even use fear anymore, like Putin, to control his own troops.
After nearly a decade as prime minister, Harper’s capacity to reward loyalty is no longer what it used to be; nor is his latitude to punish those who cross him.
They are getting restless.
The more ambitious Conservatives are looking beyond Harper’s reign. The more timorous are afraid he might take them down with him.
Harper’s approval rating has fallen below 30 per cent. So have party fortunes in voting intentions. This is not a passing slump. It has endured for more than a year. And that can only exacerbate pre-existing tensions within a jittery party.
And he's getting more and more DESPERATE.
Once he used to say that he liked to see fear in the eyes of others.
Now when he looks in the mirror he sees his own fear staring back at him...
Because let's be clear eh? That's what it is.
He can see the writing on the wall. Or The Abyss. Or the elevator shaft.
Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe once compared leading his party to a devastating defeat in 2011 to being trapped on an elevator in free fall. It is time to put a safety warning on the door of Harper 2015 re-election ride.
And the questions we must all ask ourselves are these:
Will he stick around and risk being humiliated?
Will he resign in the fall when he must decide whether to go or stay?
Or will he go over the deep end and require an INTERVENTION?
Who knows eh?
All I know is that he must be thinking about leaving. He's a real mess.
There is fear in HIS eyes...
And if we keep up the pressure.
One way or the other.
Our nightmare will end.
And his time will soon be over...
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