Stephen Harper’s strategy is as it has been since Dion became leader of the Liberal party but has become much more evident with the Conservative leader’s latest chess moves.
Others tread water, while Stephen Harper works the board with tactical brilliance. While it is true that the Liberals have taken a hit for abstaining, working in concert with that fact, and largely overshadowing it, the continual mis-steps of the Canadian Kasparov. Such wizardry, the Conservatives would be life and death to hold power in an election.
Some of the highlights this session, that clearly demonstrate the mental superiority, strategy which others can only dream of. Was there a shrewder move, than having a largely unpopular and discredited former provincial Finance Minister declare war on Ontario? Let's go after the guy who was just re-elected to another majority, using the guy who cooked the books, let's tell people not to invest there, that's a sound strategy. Canadian history is full of countless examples, wherein the federal government has savaged a province and it's paid dividends politically, especially one that holds 1/3 of the population. I can't remember any right now, but I probably just need to do more research, like those brainiacs in the PMO. From the moment Harper hatched this strategy it was doomed to fail, so obvious I actually watched in amazement the way the Conservatives voluntarily torpedoed their electoral chances. Brilliant, I say.
Speaking of self-inflicted wounds, I'm sure everyone felt the same as I did, watching the deft manoeuvers of the Conservatives as they cleverly navigated the Elections Canada minefield. That "secret" meeting with reporters had Harper written all over it- well done sir! I'd be hard pressed to come up with a better plan than making yourself look guilty as sin, not to mention alienating the people who will carry your "message". Watching the keystone cop routine, it was quite shocking to read that Canadians didn't buy the Conservatives spin. Nothing says competence like how one reacts to a crisis, the ability to ad lib.
Stephen Taylor points to Dion's troubles, Harper plays him like a fool, while Dion flails to "survive". What people like Taylor really do, as they savage Dion, they demonstrate in stark terms- Stephen Harper is so inept, he can't take advantage of the hapless official opposition. Harper is such a chess master, his support is actually shrinking, within the backdrop of an Liberal Party that apparently shows nothing but weakness. What an achievement, eroding support, stagnant support, despite OPTIMAL conditions against a guy who's leadership hangs by a thread.
Harper the chess master is more mythology than practical application. Then again, Harper is two or three moves ahead of everyone else, I probably just can't see it yet...