Dear leader made a mistake and is paying a price. No wait, actually, Harper is still the master strategist, just playing the long game, you silly people. I see the Conservative forces are quickly trying to regroup, now framing Harper's HORRIBLE decision to prorogue as a calculated decision to sacrifice short term pain for eventual gain. PLEASE.
Let's keep the revisionism in check, because it's embarrassing. All these Conservative apologists and commentators were in UNIVERSAL agreement, there was NO PRICE to be paid, Harper operated with impunity. Canadians didn't care about "process", it was actually a clever move to outflank the opposition, more Harper brilliance. The arrogant assumptions were on display, and not ONE of these people ever hinted at any short term political cost, especially the magnitude we've seen.
By no means am I suggesting another Conservative rebound in the polls is out of the question, there are levers available in the next few months which could help the cause. However, to actually posit that all this blow back was INCORPORATED into Conservative decisions, is sad spin (It's akin to Liberals arguing that Ignatieff wanted to force an election and plummet in the polls, so he could position himself as the "comeback kid" a few months later). Just take your lumps, admit you completely miscalculated, your arrogance got the better of you and move on. None of you saw this coming, you were actually playing checkers and you've negated all of your September advantage, completely and utterly.
As an aside, can someone ask Tom Flanagan why he didn't point out any potential hazards when spoke on CBC, just prior to the prorogue? I seem to recall a "win/win" proposition, even recommending the government go ahead because nobody would notice, NO RISK. No mention of long games, no talk of the grand strategy, just what a PLUS it would be for Conservative fortunes to prorogue, especially over the holidays. Listening to the pompous commentary now, you'd swear Flanagan is aghast at Harper's horrible decision. You pushed the idea, I'm sure some in the PMO were influenced by the glowing scenario you proposed Thomas. Pull out the tapes CBC, and remind us all of Flanagan's confident dismissals. To come full circle, Flanagan appeared with the sorry excuse for a "pundit" I linked to, who's penned his latest turd in today's National Poop.