The last word on this week’s Seinfeldian freakout goes to Red Tory:
I wonder if all the indignant liberal folks appearing on TV and fulminating in blogs that have been asserting Harper and the Conservatives were nefariously plotting to undermine gay marriage by stealth utilizing the legal system will now admit they were being completely hysterical and apologize for their baseless allegations?
Oh yeah, that’ll happen… about the same time as Santa Claus pulls up to my front door in a turbocharged sled with a dual exhaust and a 6″ lift kit loaded down with cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label, Peruvian Flake and winning lottery tickets.
As per usual with harper’s government, there is more to the story than meets the eye. When I reflect on the ongoing campaigns that the reformers engaged in to discredit the liberals, the tv ads, the mail out “voting” cards on who would handle such and such issue, I see this is a well played card to again, discredit the liberals, and to have harper come out appearing to be a moderate. (on an issue I really do think he wants to disappear, but his base won’t give it up). Harper is a brilliant strategist, he knows exactly what he’s doing, and it’s no different than this issue. He also had to have known that the unorganized left would over react as well, thus making them look like idiots. We keep falling for his tricks time and again and until we beat him at his own game, say hello to the naturally governing party, the western reformers.
I’m still not convinced the PMO had prior knowledge: Harper really looked to be blindsided by this thing. But when it did raise its ugly head, the PMO knew exactly how to spin it to take maximum advantage of the overreaction: as a Liberal problem with HarperGov riding in to the rescue.
Top Democratic strategist Rahm Emmanuel once said “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”, a political tactic that works as well in Canada as it does in the USA.