As I watched Peter MacKay officially launch his leadership campaign this morning, I felt like I was travelling back in time.
Back to the days when MacKay was Stephen Harper's most faithful stooge, even though he had stolen his party from him.
So the idea that Dumbo could now ride to the rescue of Canada is totally outrageous...
"I can't take a pass or look away when our country is at stake, while this government makes life harder for our citizens. I can't stand by & hope someone else will do the job that needs to be done," Peter MacKay tells supporters as he launches Conservative leadership bid #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/4dGGo7n5SA— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) January 25, 2020
And this is simply pathetic.
I am proud of Canada because Canadians make me proud. pic.twitter.com/HSTCUbOGn2— Peter MacKay (@PeterMacKay) January 25, 2020
Even some of the most Con friendly columnists gave MacKay's launch a thumbs down.
But beyond MacKay, what shocks me the most is the dilapidated state of the Con leadership race.
For not only did they lose THREE of their top candidates in ONE day, which has many wondering whether Stephen Harper is trying to fix the outcome from behind the curtain...
The next most popular candidate is another Harper tool, Erin O'Toole.
Who in this latest video is trying to cast himself as Mr Canada...
When in fact he is Mr Ugly Trumpling, and is trying to please far right extremists by going after Omar Khadr...
With Pierre Poilievre out, Erin O’Toole sees an opening on his (far) right and goes for it like an Ezra Levant impersonator. How predictable and how shabby. The Harper Party really is more Trumpling than Canadian. #cdnpoli https://t.co/dJrGCGRdXH— 🇨🇦 Simon 🏴 🌈🏂 (@montrealsimon) January 25, 2020
And what stands out from this mountain of mendacity, is the monstrous mediocrity of the Cons.
For what kind of political party has old hacks like MacKay and O'Toole as the favourites to become its new leader?
What kind of party has Marilyn Gladu as a self styled "change" candidate?
"We need somebody that's going to bring a better balance of fiscal responsibility and social compassion," she said. "I'm looking at all the people running and it's all the same-old, same-old."
A "change" candidate that believes that legalizing marijuana will lead underage kids to smoke it in toaster ovens.
And what kind of party has a SoCon candidate like Richard Decarie, who believes that gay people choose to be gay, and women shouldn't have the right to have an abortion?
It's beyond belief, it's depressing, but nobody should be surprised.
For as Aaron Wherry points out, another part of Harper's legacy is not what he left behind, but what he didn't.
What he didn't leave behind was an heir (or heirs) apparent. To the degree that it's still possible for a leader to plan for these things, the Conservative Party might be better off now had it put more thought into a line of succession.
And of course, we all know why. He was so paranoid he couldn't stand the thought of anybody replacing him.
And the Cons are going to pay for that now.
For the one who created their party, will be the one who does the most destroy it.
The Cons are the walking dead.
And they don't even know it...