The wheels are falling off the Harper campaign bus. Michael Harris writes:
No wonder Jenni Byrne is folding like a $3 dollar suitcase. Reform-style loons have broken out of their shallow graves and are once more shambling across the landscape.
And how did Stephen “He’s Not Perfect” Harper react? By insisting the Conservative Party of Canada runs only the best candidates. Given the exploits of Jerry “The Urinator” Bance, Ryan “The Enforcer” Leef and “Sgt.” Sue MacDonell, it was an odd thing for him to say.
The facts are simply catching up with Mr. Harper. And facts are what he has worked so hard to bury:
Confabulation has always been Harper’s reflex response whenever he doesn’t like what the facts have on offer. And so — with the economy in recession, unemployment on the rise, the oil patch in a shambles and the dollar at 75 cents — Harper says the economic news is good … that it proves his plan is working. Still, Steve insists he balanced the budget this time. Fiddling with the math and balancing the budget are not the same things, but it hardly matters. The man isn’t listening.
Steve also didn’t believe in the long form census. To him, facts are just another form of opposition. He didn’t believe at first that there was a recession in 2008. He didn’t think it mattered that he was found in contempt of Parliament. (It mattered. The man who found him in contempt, former speaker Peter Milliken, thinks he still is in contempt.) Steve didn’t think there was anything wrong with making an unconstitutional appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. Put a girl in ermine and she gets uppity — it was all Beverley McLachlin’s fault, we were told.
Andrew Coyne writes that the Harper campaign is going nowhere. Even the inestimable Margaret Wente writes that Harper is toast. Others -- like John Baird, Peter Mackay and James Moore -- faced the facts before the election. Now it's Harper's turn.
It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.