So says Andrew Coyne.
I'm inclined to agree.... @#$%! Where do I start?
While it is no small feat for Stephen Harper to have united the right, the petty and vindictive nature of his brand of politics leaves a bad taste in the mouth of 62% of Canadians. For all his strategic brilliance and alleged geometric logic, he has been unable to deliver a majority government in two kicks at the can. He's sat on his hands on issues important to Westerners, like the gun registry, and he appointed 18 Senators when he was supposed to be all about the almighty Triple-E brand of welfare recipient.
He broke his own election law. Muzzled MP's, started a war with the Press Gallery, hired a bunch of $#%tards to run his war room during the last campaign where the @#$%tard war room was the story on the nightly news and not the message they were trying to spin. He deliberately created a constitutional crisis six weeks after the fall election in a #%%#ing transparent attempt to drive a stake in the heart of the Liberal Party and it blew up in his face. To top it off, eleven weeks ago he was saying "five years of budget surpluses" and last week brought in a budget with the biggest deficit in a generation.
I could go on, but I won't. Conservatism sold out in an attempt to win a majority. It sold its soul, its credibility and perhaps most importantly, it lost many of its best minds along the way.
Who to blame? Well, you start at the top and work your way down. I've blogged about it here before numerous times: Stephen Harper will defeat himself. The budget was the final nail in the coffin and it's just a matter of time until he's a private citizen again. Michael Ignatieff is going to win the next federal election - it might be a minority government, but he is going to win. Why?
Because he's not a douchebag.
Stephen Harper has been a super hubungous douchebag of a dick for about three years now and it's really hard to support a douchebag as your national leader when every night you turn on the television to see "All Hope and Change All The Time" from the US networks.
The era of Karl Rove's politics of division is over, in case nobody noticed. Canadians are tired of a douchebag at 24 Sussex. Particularly when they're collecting pogey.
There will be an election this year and the Tories will lose. It's only a question of "by how much".
Oh, and this guy? He's salivating over running the Liberal war room come election time. He's a prick, sure... but at least Iggy can say, "He's our prick."