Pierre Poilievre has always enjoyed being a bully, so it's not surprising that he should enjoy looking like one.
With his cruel eyes staring out from behind his small town bank manager glasses, searching for the man he hates above all things, the decent Justin Trudeau.
For a while the glasses helped make him look like he knew what he was talking about, and he must have thought he could fool enough people to make him Prime Minister.
Until it all fell apart.
The results of the latest round of by-elections were not as good as he had been hoping for, leaving him looking disappointed and sadly diminished.
With Cons like their former campaign manager Fred DeLorey, calling it a red flag.
The by-elections were intended to signal a Conservative resurgence, especially given the recent missteps by the Trudeau Liberals. Instead, they served as a jarring wakeup call, exposing our weaknesses and shattering the illusion of unstoppable momentum. Rather than capitalizing on the Liberals' missteps, we find ourselves in a race to protect our own bastions.
Deeply unsettling are the escalating negatives for Pierre Poilievre. His divisive approach, which used to serve as a battle cry for our base, increasingly feels like a millstone, hampering our progress, pushing away potential supporters and aggravating our party's identity crisis.
And pundits like Chantal Hébert wondering whether Poilievre is becoming a liability.
Despite a first-ballot leadership victory, Poilievre is struggling to unite the conservative movement behind him. If anything, fractures within the party have become deeper over the first months of his tenure.