Mr. Harper should apologize and distance himself from the unseemly linkage quickly. But he won't. When his dark side seeps into the spotlight, being this Tory means never having to say you're sorry.
The political gift:
Mr. Harper had the Liberals reeling, their morale battered by poor polling, and leader Stephane Dion punch drunk by internal strife ...
But rather than let Mr. Dion twist awkwardly in the wind, Mr. Harper handed the Liberals a club yesterday and invited them to whack his government about the head.
Of course the Martin piece was interspersed with the little Liberal digs to keep the faith, but admitting Harper's "dark side" is quite striking. Try to think of the last leader, where such an assessment would apply? Isn't this the type of alarmist rhetoric suggested by panzy progressives? Or maybe, just maybe, Stephen Harper is a political animal first, honorable statesman a convenient persona.
Last week, Harper tried to turn around the gutter Goodale ad issue, now again his stubborn nature crests. Not only is an apology not in order, but Harper acts as though his behavior is completely justified. Harper best watch, a pattern of arrogant defiance is taking root, accompanied by a dose of unseemly, naked politicking that apparently knows no bounds.
Thank-you Prime Minister, for taking the spotlight off a bad Liberal news cycle and shining it brightly on your "dark side". Thank-you for forcing your propaganda rag, disguised as a news source, to acknowledge the slight. The next time the Prime Minister stands in front of the cameras and chastizes others for their partisanship and political "games", as though he operates from a higher perch, let us all enjoy a hearty laugh.