Pardon the blunt characterization, but after today's embarrassment, the word seems appropriate for our Prime Minister. Remember, this is the man who ran on restoring integrity and honor to government. Instead, our national dialogue is awash in venomous, mean-spirited personal attacks, issues are used to sow division and the gutter is king. Whatever it takes to acquire the ultimate power, whatever it takes- Paul Martin looks regal compared to this lot. Decency and decorum are casualties as Stephen Harper lusts towards his goal. It's not about policy differences, it boils down to one fact, these are not good people, this man isn't worthy of his office. Period. Today was an objective disgrace.
On the issue of the latest poll, one point is particularly striking. How can it be that Stephane Dion scores third on climate change? While others waste energy trying to deny a sobering, growing truth, I think it better to acknowledge the challenge. This was supposed to be Dion's issue, and more and more it looks like a wash, which is pure gold for Harper. Is it that we haven't articulated the case, or has Harper marketed effectively, or a combination of both? I'll admit, if Dion loses this issue as a strong talking point, it means serious trouble. Afterall, this was the cornerstone of his campaign, the primary talking point. If the issue gets lost in a discussion of semantics, Harper wins, this was his main achilles heel.
Maybe this is temporary bottom, but Dion needs to release some strong policy positions right now. Something bold, that takes people aback and ends the flood of negative coverage. Knock the media out of the Dion as pinuta mode, it's hard to watch at present.