I zipped this off at Ben's in response to yet another dense comment from someone other than Ben (as Ben is as bright a conservative thinker as I have come across) about how the Tories are great because the Liberals are bad...and then I thought it was rather good. It's a list of Harper's mishandlings of the last ten days or so:
...talk about not having a clue. Just look at his acts:Has he done anything right in the last few days? That last one is a doozie. Harper says he was speaking just a few days ago to his wife that Belinda would leave. He apparently did not share those fears with her or anyone else in the party as everyone else is shocked today.
He blew it and yet you will call him a great leader. Why? Because he is not as crooked as the Quebec wing of the Liberals? That is a hell of a claim to fame.
- no reference to the policy of the CPC when the polls looked good,
- no knocking on the door of Rideau Hall when some claimed the constitution was in crisis,
- no stopping of Parliament just a milksop early adjournment after participating in the business of the House,
- not even realizing your party's edges were getting chipped away.
I fear the Tories are in no mooded for reflection - it will remain good enough for them to point out the Grit's dog is ugly rather than notice their own has got a wicked case of the mange and a funny smell as well. Wells may be right that Harper will not lose his position over this but that is likely due to the need for Tories to ride their pony into the ground publicly in a great show.
Update: One more thing, mentioned in the comments earlier. It appears that Harper's leadership skills certainly do not make it across the country to the two remaining Tory MPs of Newfoundland, Messers Doyle and Hearn. This according to The Globe this evening:
"There are so many things happening, so I'm going to wait for a day or two before actually saying beyond a shadow of a doubt that ... I'm voting for or against it," Mr. Doyle, the MP for St. John's East, said. "I'm just going to play those cards when the time comes around." Mr. Hearn was more coy. "I've been around politics long enough to know that you never know what's going to happen, so we'll find out on Thursday," Mr. Hearn told reporters Monday. Their votes assumed more importance Tuesday as news broke that Conservative MP Belinda Stronach had defected to the Liberals. The Liberal government can likely survive with the support of two Independent MPs, instead of all three. Meanwhile, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams [Ed.: a Conservative, too] is keeping up the pressure on the two MPs in the hope they will vote with the ruling Liberals. Mr. Williams has said Mr. Doyle and Mr. Hearn should vote for the budget because it includes the province's revamped, $2.6-billion offshore energy deal with Ottawa. "Mr. Hearn is talking in terms of a vote for Canada," Mr. Williams said Monday. "Now, if he wants to trade off the country for his own province, then that's his decision."Solid.