Tuesday, October 27, 2015
How the Race to Replace Harper Could Destroy the Cons
As if they hadn't been battered enough in that fierce October storm. Or humiliated enough.
As if they hadn't lost so many MPs, cabinet ministers, thousands of party workers, and will soon be losing their Great Leader.
The surviving Cons have washed ashore on their bleak desert island, have given themselves a week to choose an interim leader, before they turn to cannibalism.
And already there are signs that the primordial struggle to replace Stephen Harper could tear the party apart.
Starting with the fact that their depraved ruler is still clinging to power, still selecting the candidates who can run for the position of interim leader. And they couldn't be worse.
Like Diane Finley, the brutish old Con whose appalling record includes waging war on the poor and the unemployed...
While married to the late Doug Finley, the Con Godfather who was found guilty of electoral fraud, in the so-called In and Out Scandal.
Then there's Rob Nicholson, or old woolly as they call him. Who followed Harper's insane commands so slavishly he came to resemble him...
Many of you reached out to me in recent days asking that I seriously consider the role of interim leader. I want to say that I am honoured and humbled by this gesture of support," Nicholson said in a written statement on Monday.
And whose claim that he was summoned by popular demand, rather than by his depraved master's dogwhistle or hog horn, couldn't be more laughable.
Just like the Con tool Erin O'Toole's claim that he could symbolize renewal.
"I really think we have to show that we're serious about rebuilding right from Day 1 and I think the interim can be part of that," said O'Toole on Monday.
After the way he followed Harper's orders to try to pacify or put down the veterans...
Couldn't be more ridiculous, or more pathetic.
And then to make matters worse there's Michelle Rempel, who rather than beg for understanding or forgiveness, after this extraordinary and deeply disturbing late night Twitter monologue.
You know, by claiming extreme fatigue, bitter disappointment, too much ego, not enough IQ points, or too much wine etc etc.
Is still furiously beating her own drum and insisting that only SHE can replace Stephen Harper...
And if she doesn't get what she wants there will be hell to pay, and she alone could scream and rip the Cons apart.
But of course the real challenge to the future of the Harper Party comes from these Conservatives.
As the Conservative Party scrambles, post-defeat, to fashion a future without the leader that defined it for nearly a decade, its moderate, Red Tory wing is maneuvering to reconstitute the party as a centrist, national force that re-brands the Conservative label after years of what they describe as Stephen Harper’s toxic leadership.
The so-called Red Tories who have come charging back from near extinction led by Brian Mulroney...
On Nov. 5, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will deliver a speech at Toronto’s Albany Club in which he is expected to make a case for post-Harper soul searching, which, as the party’s internal factions mobilize for control, translates as enough time to prevent the Reform wing of the party from taking over.
And if other Cons heed his call to purge the Reformers, and Tasha Kheiridin's call to cut loose their rabid religious base.
The Conservative party’s future as a big tent party cannot rest on religious factionalism of any kind. Navigating the separation of church, party and state will be an important challenge for the next leader — right up there with balancing geography, ideology and all the other elements needed to rebuild the party.
The next person to assume the mantle of leadership must be a unifying, inclusive figure with a team to match. And Conservatives of all stripes need to recognize that while religion has a place in public discourse and the social fabric of our nation, faith should not drive party policy.
The main contender for Harper's crown, Jason Kenney, will be VERY upset...
And the Con leadership race could become a brutal regional, ideological, and religious struggle that really could tear the party apart.
And lead to the place I predicted the other day...
He was a rotten and corrupt leader. His was a party of one.
And when he was finally toppled.
He took them all down with him...
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