Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Stephen Harper's Incredible Shrinking Legacy
A few days ago I wrote a post about Stephen Harper's appearance on an American right-wing talk show.
Where he claimed that the only reason he lost the 2015 election was because the media was united against him.
And like others I wondered whether he had returned to replace the hapless Andrew Scheer as interim leader.
But now I believe that we can all relax, because it doesn't look like Harper will be going anywhere...
His interview was a bust, it hardly got a mention in the MSM. And after his humiliating defeat at the hands of Justin Trudeau, the leader he claimed was "Just Not Ready," it seems that not many Cons are prepared to follow him anywhere.
And as Andrew Cohen writes, he cannot be rehabilitated.
No one says former Canadian prime ministers must gently fade away, once the way of American presidents. What we do expect, though, is a measure of honesty, generosity and self-reflection.
Harper offers none of that. He is elder but no statesman; he has second thoughts without sobriety. He cannot help himself.
He seems to be losing his grip on reality.
Harper denies that the authoritarian Viktor Orbán of Hungary is anti-Semitic because “he is the greatest friend of Israel in Europe,” a relationship which provides cover for a coded campaign of prejudice. He slams Germany’s Angela Merkel for “the enormous damage to her country for letting in a million refugees. She will never live that down.”
He praises his “great friend” Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption.
Once he was Jesus Harper....
Now he's just another Con loser, consorting with fascists, and trying to turn speeches into money.
As Sandy Garossino says, it's really amazing to see how his power is dissolving.
Behold Stephen Harper, the powerhouse victor of three back-to-back elections, all won with the self-same news outlets and journalists. Here’s a man who dominated this country for almost a decade, strode the world stage with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and other historic figures, now reduced to fabricating bitter recriminations against the media on a second-rate YouTube channel.
How far he has fallen, how diminished his legacy...
And does he even realize that people are laughing at him?
From the wings, Stephen Harper may still control his chastened party, but Canadians have moved on.
Power may be enigmatic and mercurial, but you know it's finally over when the laughter is following you out the door.
The irony is that the Con media who Harper blames for his loss, were the ones who built him up as a Great Leader, and kept him in power until he was way past due.
So the Cons rotted like a fish from the head down.
And now Stephen Harper, the loser, can never go home...