Thursday, February 22, 2007

Harper's "Dark Side"

You know Harper has seriously erred when the National Post finds it necessary to admit the objective obvious. I'm sure tomorrow will bring another Liberal bashing, Harper as decisive doer news item, but for one day everyone is in unison. You just can't wipe the stink off this skunk:

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.

10 comments:

Miles Lunn said...

There is no question that Harper's arrogance will eventually take him down. Whether it is next election or a few elections down the road, it will eventually catch up. In fact it is not just the policies of the party that turns me off, but the share nastiness towards those with different views. I surprisingly agree with the party on more issues than I care to admit, but their intolerance of any deviation is why I will not support the party. At least the Liberals tolerate more deviation from the official party line.

janfromthebruce said...

He is a nasty piece of work. What makes my antenni go up is he manipulation might work to make the opposition sink this govt (what he wants) by goating the libs mercilessly.

Miles Lunn said...

janfromthebruce - I think he is using a classical right wing strategy of polarizing the electorate. When the electorate isn't polarized, right wing parties don't tend to go very far, but if they can polarize things, that is when they usually succeed. Essentially they have to frame the election as between an ideological right wing and ideological left wing as opposed to an ideological right wing vs. centrist party.

leftdog said...

He is a terrible Prime minister... gawd help us if he ever wins a majority government. He will remake Canada. You won't like it.

Sassy said...

Dark yes and damming. From the Vancouver Sun Newspaper on 22 February.

"OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “morally righteous” criticisms of China make it less likely, not more, that Beijing will agree to release political prisoners like Huseyin Celil, Liberal Senator Jack Austin said Wednesday in an interview marking his retirement from the Senate.

Austin, who has advocated closer Canada-China ties throughout his business and political career, said the government’s focus on human rights will backfire for both political prisoners and Canadian businesses.

“It makes it even more difficult,” Austin, who hits the mandatory age 75 retirement date on March 2, told The Vancouver Sun.

“How can they let him (Celil) go when it would say to the world, ‘Oh, anybody who bashes us on moral high ground will get results from us?’”

Austin said the same disincentive makes it unlikely China will accept Canada’s requests to sign agreements to protect Canadian investors in that country, and to make it easier for Canada to tap into China’s booming tourism market."

burlivespipe said...

Seeing the true spirit of the flab that walks like a man -- brutish belligerence when sly unabashed disinterest would work twice as well -- really has me wondering in the possibility of reincarnation. Harpor is doing 'the Dief' in record time and I'm just hoping that the ghosts of George Hees and Dalton Camp arrive soon to spare us from having to listen to much more of his partisan manipulations. Why doesn't the too-smart-for-the-room knucklehead just govern? Not that I'm praying for that, you understand...

Anonymous said...

Veterans who fought and died for this country look at Harper as an anomaly, a freak of nature, not a leader to anywhere are free thinking, right minded soldier would want to go.
When the best Canadians, those who put themselves on the line for their country have grave misgivings about their PM, you know the country is in peril.
When the head of the military, Hillier, can get away with usurping the PM, you know we're in deep doo-doo. Who's actually running this country at the moment?

Amanpreet Singh Bal said...

The investigation of this heinous crime has been hampered by the negligence of the security agencies or interference by the Canadian government in the 1980’s. We all know about destruction f some Air India related evidence by CSIS in 1985 but very few of us know that tampering with Air India file occurred in 1990’s as well. Check Globe and Mail from 26 February 2003 and read story by Robert Matas about testimony by a retired RCMP officer at Malik/Bagri trial. I quote from the story, :”Mr. Drozda, a retired RCMP officer who worked on the Air-India case from 1985 to 1992

During Mr. Drozda's testimony, the court also heard that an unidentified person had tampered with two boxes of sealed documents from the Narita trial.

The boxes, stored at Vancouver RCMP headquarters, contained copies of documents setting out information disclosed to Mr. Reyat's defence lawyers during the Narita trial.

Mr. Drozda testified that the boxes were sealed in 1992 after the trial. But on the day before he testified in the Air-India pretrial hearing, Mr. Drozda discovered the seal was broken. Some material had been removed and other material had been inserted, he said.”

Anonymous said...

the last thing PMSH wants is a 'reeling' Stephan Dion. He needs to keep him alive until the next election.

Better to have the LPC rally around him than replace him with an actual potential PM.

Anonymous said...

Someone should reassess PMSH's med dosage...