Monday, October 26, 2015

The Cracks Are Showing


It didn't take long for cracks to show in the Harper party. The divisions are essentially three. Michael Harris writes:

There are three factions left in the rudderless ghost ship that is the CPC – the lineal descendants of the Reform Party, led by Jason Kenney; the angry and so far leaderless Ontario Conservatives who got shellacked by Team Trudeau in their former strongholds in Toronto; and the vestiges of the old progressive conservatives hanging around in the weeds. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Peter MacKay would like to be their leader. There is a greater chance of Rob Ford becoming an ecclesiastical diplomat.

The Ontario Conservatives are subdivided into Ford Nation -- people like Earl Cowan, who famously called reporters, "lying pieces of shit" -- and Bill Davis Tories -- represented by people like former Senator Hugh Segal.

Then there are longtime Progressive Conservatives -- like Bill Casey -- who, for the moment, have joined the Trudeau Team. Of these folks, Harris writes:

As for the former PCs, they must finally realize in full horror what they gave away all those years ago by throwing in their lot with Stephen Harper: Stripping citizens of their citizenship, snitch lines, the bull about barbaric practices and all those appointees who ended up in court or jail – including a privy councillor and the parliamentary secretary to the PM – definitely not the stuff of John A. MacDonald.

It will be interesting to see if anyone can be found who can bring these folks together. Hugh Segal suggests that they wait two years before even trying to accomplish that feat.

It just may be that they can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.


Mogs Moglio said...

Umm umm umm the ford 'nation' how could a family be that bland to call themselves a 'nation'? Then there is Harper calling on that ford excuse me nation? To help him excuse me I must be senile to have thought I saw this? This all for his re-election campaign in Calgary Alberta? So let's judiciously go there hello to Calgary you can put a cowboy hat on a lonesome loser from Ontario but you can't paint an Ontario piglet with a big beer belly and glasses as an Albertan even with a cowboy hat sorry...

So let's go there I have not been there since I was a kid Calgary Southwest Steve's riding I personally never would have believed that they would have fallen for Steve's personal brand of snake oil one cure remedy recommended by the oily 'con clowns' they did again a pain for the rest of us. And well what else is news Toronto voted him in last time Hog Town so did Cow Town now 2015 only Cow Town so to me it proves hogs are smarter than cows,


Owen Gray said...

This time around, Canadians in general were a whole lot smarter than they were in 2011, Mogs.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

As long as the reform/alliance posing as conservatives,Owen, focus only on their base and remain rightwing/Neoliberal/evangelicalchristians, nothing will change. I notice Harpers once obedient serfs, who now want to be the leader fall over each other, talking about having a softer image and being inclusive as if that's what has to be changed. Talk of policy change? Silence!As long as the reform/alliance leads the party, nothing will change and they will remain in the wilderness for a long, long time.

Toby said...

Owen Gray said..., "It just may be that they can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again."

I sure hope they can't. This has been a long and nasty session and I'm tired of it. There is a place for reasoned conservative voices but the CPC needs to purge every trace of the Harper nastiness and their Market as god.

Owen Gray said...

These folks assume that, if they put smiles on their faces, Canadians will welcome them back into their homes, Pam. They don't understand why they lost the election.

Owen Gray said...

I agree, Toby. What they stand for is Harperism -- not conservatism.

lungta said...

"It just may be that they can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again."

best news ever

when peter mackay talked about being more inclusive
my thoughts ran to the fact
every dark interest of the human condition had been appealed to and harnessed already by harper
there is no one left to come to the party
now without the muzzles and chains of stevies pmo
those unjustly prisoned (there are some good conservatives)hopefully won't quickly trade their freedom for security
and the batshyt insane will be seen for what they are
the likes of kenney and the fords just can't constrain themselves
without ironfisted supervision
er?...imagine 338 independents all working for team Canada
don't send in your partisans
just send in your best

The Mound of Sound said...

It took a guy with the authoritarian instincts of Stephen Harper wielding a 2 by 4 to keep his snarling social conservative mongrels in check, Lorne. He did it because he knew his prospects of gaining/keeping power were gerfuckt without it. Harper's caucus obeyed because they were utterly intimidated, fearful of their 'leader.'

Ever see Jason Kenney packing an axe handle? I haven't. Was ist los? Die Hunde sind los. They're loose and they're hungry.

Owen Gray said...

The pack knows that there's nobody around to crack the whip, Mound. So now they'll take after each other. By the way, I know this comment was meant for me. It's easy to confuse retired English teachers.

Owen Gray said...

Excellent advice, lungta. Send in your best.

The Mound of Sound said...

Owen, it's a reference to angry, snarling and famished hounds.

Owen Gray said...

They're like the man-beasts on Dr. Moreau's Island, Mound.