Talk about a short honeymoon. Today is a day that is supposed to be a feel good media lovefest, instead newscasts are treating us to controversy. Images of disgruntled voters who feel betrayed, pundits reacting with shock, discussions of ethics. Today's defection tells us a great deal about this government. To run an entire campaign, actually two, with the cornerstone theme a commitment to integrity and then to pull this move is astounding. I think this development reveals the manufactured propaganda, outright arrogance and duplicity of Stephen Harper.
Month after month, Conservatives reacted with indignity at the culture of entitlement and cynical political opportunism. How can Harper make this cabinet appointment? You don't have to be a brain surgeon to see the hypocrisy, why set this tone out of the gate? The Conservatives don't need this man in their cabinet, and given the questionable appearance, it is a dubious move at best. In one fell swoop all the political goodwill has evaporated and Harper has fallen from his self endorsed pedestal. Harper isn't stupid, so the only excuse I can muster is complete arrogance.
Obviously, appearances aren't a consideration here. Despite the effort to present a balanced cabinet, Harper has left doubt and even bewilderment. This is a bonehead political move because it has no net plus for Harper, no matter how you calculate. This is a move that someone who has governed for far too long makes- oh the irony. Displaying a complete detachment from the standards Canadians demand and betraying your most sacred pledge, that Harper made at every turn. Shameful really, and much too arrogant for a first day PM.