The Smear's Golden Era
He behaves as if he is never wrong, and his opponents -- Liberals, at least -- are never right. He never apologizes for anything because, unlike the rest of us, he never makes mistakes. He treats politics like war, not the more civilized surrogate that it is supposed to be. There is little lightness, or play, in his responses to inevitably overblown opposition claims -- we are as likely to see sour contempt.
But sometimes the prime minister's refusal to concede an inch just looks petulant. Example: his response to the vindication of Ralph Goodale last week.
Harper's vitriolic partisanship has nothing to do with ideology.
Pretty flattering stuff, which is mirrored by several other news outlets. Harper's arrogance may cost him this time, because the optics of holding steadfast to a dishonest ad are obvious. The Tories look mean-spirited, stubborn and the "gutter politics" meme takes hold. The Prime Minister sets the tone, the era of hyper-politicism cemented.
The Tories should pull the ad, but they clearly won't. Now that the reaction pours in, from a tactical point, it might be better to let the ad run- it serves as a powerful symbol of the Harper hypocrisy of claiming to restore honor and dignity to government. A small prediction, the Tories must sense the blowback, look for the ad to slowly fade away, in such a manner as not to admit a wrong.
They are pulling the ads, using a convenient excuse. For the good of Canada, cough, hack.