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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Did Grits Intentionally Hand Harper the Election on a Platter ?

I have wondered about the lack of typical Grit viciousness and vulgar sleaze in the first few weeks of the election campaign. Both the Grit attack machine and their media have been conspicuously off their game and ...well...civil…at least as much as a Grit election machine can be these days. This seems to have dampened the din of the now standard maniacal, bleating fear mongering and callow flag waving which seemed to be about all this ethically devoid visionless regime has left the hurl at opponents. I noticed their camp followers in the media did not show up for the usual one sided commentary onslaught they usually provided to rum interference for their partisan masters.....all these liberal camp mechanisms seemed to fall silent this election, allowing Harper the CPC and alternative voices to actually be heard for the first time in 15 years...and of course once a viable alternative is actually heard, people respond positively…..thus the “momentum”.

So who turned off the Liberal attack machine and why? Well Bourque gives us some insight into my suspicions:

"Forget what Don Newman and Mike Duffy are glazing you over with, the election has not just begun, it's just about done. Get out the four-pronged eating implement, the party's over for Paul Martin and his Liberal Party. Bourque has learned that a cancerous malaise has infiltrated the highest echelons of his braintrust, a leadership increasingly desperate to gain traction in the waning weeks of the campaign. Senior Martin Libs are privately telling Bourque that "the game is over". Not even "mega-billion dollar policy Hail Maries", as one lifer put it, is buying goodwill from an increasingly cynical electorate. One key source, a Martin heavyweight in the Toronto financial community, surprised Bourque overnight with an email touting a potential post-Martin leadership candidate. "The writing's on the wall, Pierre, you were right, but (name omitted) is the real deal, you watch, his time is coming !"

Further evidence of grave concern at the top is witnessed by a very well-placed operative inside the Liberal War Room who claims a certain degree of discord is beginning to permeate the front-line troops based on increasingly distressful poll results. "Pierre", noted one regional campaign kingpin who prefers to remain in the weeds, "the national campaign has stalled and HQ is not taking input from us, it's very frustrating !" Add to that, news from Tom Clark, CTV's top political observer, who told his eggs-and-bacon audience this morning that the Liberal campaign team has a mole who is leaking policy and platform information to the Conservatives and the media, something Bourque told Martin bullwark David Herle in an email three days ago. For skulduggery lovers, the plot thickens. For Martin Liberals, sadly, the plot sickens. "Only a miracle can save us", admitted one longtime Lib MP. One word of caution, Bourque admires the Liberals' incredible ability to fight back from the precipice. Herle and his key folks are heroic fighters, they have every quality needed to turn this thing around. As a well-known TV pundit put it to Bourque, "these guys haven't won as often as they have because they roll over when things get tough." Developing ...

Yes...interesting for those of us who watch deep politics fermenting. My take is that this election was conceded to the CPC before the writ was dropped.

The power brokers in the Liberal cartel saw Martin (and his certain to be discovered personal corruption) as a liability with the cynical mood of the electorate..... and had decided they had to rid themselves of another Jonah leader (Cretch was the last) and his cancerous empire building political support cartel. He was a political liability and a far too ambitious leader who worked for a Quebec corporate cartel in isolation from the party power borkers in ROC. The party owners outside of the Quebec network want to purge it of an inept, unsellable, uncontrollable leadership and install a new dynasty builder.


Losing an election is the perfect excuse to purge the leader and party ranks of liability prone "warring" factions and install a new infrastructure of yes men and quislings all pointed in the same direction...where the party owners want them...uniformly aligned behind a freshly installed messiah-leader. This, they feel, will be a relatively painless 4 year ( or less) waltz in the opposition benches before they come back at us with new untracable funding mechanisms that can't be cracked and a new organizational discipline that would make the Borg blush. I also note there are indications from the Liberal party mandarins that a messiah leadership candidate will appear shortly....like Trudeau did when Pearson seemed certain to doom the Libs to political oblivion.

This all begs the question: was this election handed to Harper?

The "leaks" from the command center and collective liberal media civility tell me it was.

My advice to Mr. Harper> graciously accept this government and proceed to govern better, more honorably, accoutably, inclusively, democratically and scandal free than any regime before.

19 Comments:

Blogger angryroughneck said...

Possibly Michael Ignatieff?

January 5, 2006 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous C Foss said...

Have you read anything Sheila Copps has put out lately? She's more or less pulling for the Conservatives. Not saying she's the mole, she's been out of the loop for much too long. But I do suspect a Chretienite of some stripe secretly pulling the good ship Martin down.

January 5, 2006 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Mugs said...

Darn I was hopefull socialisim and its typical minions had developed big enough cracks . that the electorate could finally start seeing the light.

I know pretty positive ...

I did hear two Torontonians on Adler actually say disarming citizens would leave them defenceless , so who knows. :)

January 5, 2006 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Well you can call me paranoid , but I cannot conceive of a political machine that was so highly honed towards retaining power at all cost going into self destruct mode unless it is by design.

January 6, 2006 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Hey Bill: On a completely trivial note.... you've been tagged over at Cjunk. But... definately don't feel obligated to respond.

January 6, 2006 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Bill: Almost all criminal organizations are taken down by insiders who rat them out. Usually these people do so out of a feeling of revenge for being left out of the gravy train. Rats in these cases are often people who the bigger crooks inside the system shit on... so now it's time for revenge. If Harper brings the whistle blower legislation he promised, the flood of "tell all" will be unbelievabe. I think that the insiders who are pissed off, whether honorable people or not, are now feeling that they can genuinely hurt their former masters. It's the way it's always been.

January 6, 2006 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Mugs said...

I can certainly see your piont Bill , it does seem almost to easy.
I wouldn't call you paranoid , just skeptical and who in their right mind wouldn't be.

You know the answer. :)

January 6, 2006 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

angryroughneck said...
"Possibly Michael Ignatieff? "

Seems like a good bet as an immediate fix in the leadership conundrum...he has the requisite qualities as a Liberal partyisn Pied piper...he;s an intellecual leftist like PET...he believes Trudeaupia still exists and he has pre clearance authorization from Powercor as a new corporate controled lackey.

http://westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2005/11/covering_the_ba.html#comments

He'll get the Trudeaupian lemmings in line behind the PMO/Leader's office which will run an unquestioned autocratic organization where private empire building and warring factions will be purged...he will take the reds to a first term or two after Harper's short lived minority.....after Ignatieff's intellectual hubris and arrogance has worn thin with the voters and his organizational despotism is causing party revolts....they will trot out the elder Trudeau brat like hoser royalty to save the party and establish a dynasty....the final goal the single party state....I honeslty believe the globalist weavils in the Liberal political hierarchy are capable of finding a way to either linit ot end voting for government after they feel comfortable with the level of apathy their statist political dynasty will produce.

January 6, 2006 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Shaken said...

Look for a background that includes the London School of Economics, and acceptance by the PRC.

I suspected the same as you Bill when I read the first article published by the Red Star that was negative on Martin.

"You know you're toast when"... is the post I put up on the topic. I have not strayed from my opinion that Martin was figuratively being pushed out of the helicopter.

Time now to consider how the Librano statist cabal will attempt to confound Harper and hobble his government, before he has the chance to turn the Auditor General loose on the Trudeau Foundation, CIDA, et al.

January 6, 2006 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Aizlynne said...

As I said in a post several weeks ago, it is obvious that Chretien loyalists want him out ... and they are succeeding. I am confident that the moles are leaking whatever minimal Liberal strategy and policy platforms that are there.

Martin's done ... Harper is a one term PM. Hope he can at least improve the situation while he is there.

January 6, 2006 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Maybe .. but there is still two weeks left, and billions of announcements and Harper bashing to come. When a rat is cornered, it will fight like hell to get out.

Similar pattern to last election, where Harper had the lead, then the rats started biting.

January 6, 2006 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Aiz, so you think Harper'll be a one-term PM?

He's been underestimated before.

And the Liberals have been overestimated. Will the Libs really be able to get it together in four years? With the deep divisions and internecine warfare, plus the mountain range of scandals and much, much more yet to be discovered... it would take a miracle for them to beat Harper in the election following this one...

Hell, perhaps the Liberal Party might suffer an actual fracture and separation of the two warring factions and end up in the political wilderness for a long time? It's possible.

I believe Harper might surprise you, and in a good way, Aiz.

January 6, 2006 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

AB Freedom, this election is vastly different than the last. This time the Liberals are being roasted on a stick.

And the Conservatives finally got it together, and how!

'Course, it ain't over till it's over. We must continue to bombard the crooks till they're either burnt to a crisp or they surrender...

January 6, 2006 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Canadian Sentinel said...
" this election is vastly different than the last. This time the Liberals are being roasted on a stick.

And the Conservatives finally got it together, and how"

Your partisan enthisiasm seems to have clouded the train of thought and evidence here Sentinel. Harper really hasn't changed...the message really hasn't changed,Policy hasn't really changed ( I know I was on the committee)... CPC party direction is still very much focused on change ( reform) as opposed to Liberal socialist status quo...what has changed is that the Liberal media has temporarily cut back the hysterical fear mongering din and Harper is allowed to actually be heard for the fist time....The media has ben publishing a lot of anti-martin content and a lot of pro Harper or mor balanced Harper opinion. This, combined with dozens of scandalous leaks from the liberal camp which now recive gfull MSM disclosue, indicate a Liberal cartel leadership purge is in progress.

Martin is being purged deliberately...loss of election=loss of Martin, his entourage and his scandal baggage...Chretien was forced out for the same reason but Martin failed to stem the rot of the old party dynasty...there is a new Liberal infrastructure and leadership cartel sitting in the wings. It will forment at a stage managed leadership convention..then be on the offensive to remove the minority CPC government. The paln was formented to "manage" the amount of time the liberals spend in the opposition benches before they spring their final ace of single party rule for the remainder of Canada's lifespan.

Harper, I believe, is a default winner. Placed in that position by Liberal cartel power brokers who are executung a plan to minimize losses and accelerate the long term Liberal cartel governing plan.

Now this has nothing to do with Harpers abilities, his integrity, his politics or the aParty's viability...I'd love to see him last a full term as a minority and score a majority in a second term....but the dark force is pulling out all the cards after they ditch the Martinite/Chretien empire. It will be full speed ahead to Trudeaupia with a second generation of Trudeauites at the mast head and in the guts of the red machine.

Harper's greatest nemisis is the media who remain either paid Liberal corporate lackies or Trudeaupian gate keepers...THEY will defeat Harper's minority government when the new born again trudeaupian liberal party is ready to spring their final bid at dynasty for the single party state.

January 7, 2006 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Ottawa Core said...

so, in other words, the game was fixed by the nation's power mongers. their reign of terror will go unabated, even with a strawman conservative government "allowed" to play and skip in the halls of canadian parliament. no changes they attempt to make will affect the corrupt liberal bagmen since their influence permeates the entire spectrum of life throughout the kingdom of canada.

redux:
i had initially wandered over here since your comments are always so stimulating. i'm beginning to get a distinct impression that your respect for the work we bloggers and the party have done on this campaign is juvenile and beyond our control. i don't think you see the revolution. your supposition is absolutely wrong. we are winning due in no small part to the integration of the PC machine, clever strategy, and consistent application of message. no one's handing the baby the match in hopes they won't burn down the house by the time a new liberal government will return. this is absolutely preposterous. good try. it's not a naturally liberal country. unless you are working for the spin merchants.

January 7, 2006 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

I would still contend that the MSM has been unable to get their hands on anywhere near as much in the way of the '04 campaign's CPC loose-lippedness, plus there's so much Liberal scandal being covered in the blognet that the MSM has no choice but to go with the flow or go down with the Liberals by demonstrating precisely what you, I and countless other bloggers have long contended: that the MSM is biased in favor of the Liberals. The MSM will have to be more fair this time around as a matter of being kept more honest by us citizen-reporters competing with them for relevancy and readership.

And I would also maintain that the CPC and Harper have indeed waged a more disciplined, effective campaign so far. I can see it for myself. And the MSM is still trying to stealthily undermine the CPC with its still-biased reporting, albeit not in such a loud, blatant way as in campaigns past.

But this is indeed a fascinating topic to analyze. Nothing wrong with seeing it a bit differently, otherwise we'd be sheep, right? And the infamous former Librano spin doctor "Don" used to accuse us of being of only one mind...

January 7, 2006 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Ottawa Core said...
"redux:
i had initially wandered over here since your comments are always so stimulating. i'm beginning to get a distinct impression that your respect for the work we bloggers and the party have done on this campaign is juvenile and beyond our control."

If I did I wouldn't be on the net posting to blogs and on hustings working for a CPC candidate, on his EDA board of directors or have been a Reformer/CA/Harper activist for the past 15 years.

This does not preclude me thinking for myself, calling them as I see them and not walking in partisan lock-step. I am a team player but I am also an individual with my own opinions.

sorry you feel this way OC. Obviously you have not read much of my writing to come to such false conclusions.

January 8, 2006 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Bill: One other thing that may be causing some trouble for the liberal MSM.... this is likely the first time that blogs and talk radio have reached a level of noise that can distract from the standard MSM mono-culture. The Americans are way ahead of us, and their MSM has reacted by dropping all pretence of neutrality... ours may actually be gun shy. Anything run in the media is carved up by blogs if it is not accurate... as well, scandals can't be burried anymore. With the Captian's Quarters Gomery leaks, a new era could very well have been opened. And, with blog traffic growing enormously, and talk radio audiences growing, we may just be into the first New Media election.

The MSM used to be able to control the agenda more or less. It could literally bury stories or distort them. Now, it has to compete with the New Media. Everyone of us are a small part of it. Even at 100 unique visitors a day, all of us reach audiences never before possible by just ourselves. Hot topics spread like wildfire, and MSM garbage is dissected, butchered, and tossed into the trash. As well, News worthy facts are often in the blogs before the MSM carries them. And finally, people of like-minded politics get a feeling of community.

Take us for example... we had no idea of each others existance a year ago... now we are regulars who are in the fight together.

Imagine being in the MSM, and finding that the blogs scoop you again and again. That inside knowledge is slipped out to blogs before it goes to the MSM. Imagine the feeling... for the first time hot news sources don't go to you... they go to the blogs.

Forget the conspiracy theories... we may just be witnessing the first victory of the New Media. In Canada it's blogs, and talk radio. In the US it is Blogs, talk radio, book publishing, and now Campus activism by conservative youths. Maybe, just maybe, the statists have been caught sleeping and Jean Chretien's boast that he'd put internet into every Canadian home was the biggest mistake he ever made in his life.

January 8, 2006 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Feynman and Coulter's Love Child said...

Ignatieff already seems like "damaged goods" though. The National Post has done a couple negative columns on him, the Ukrainian gaffe started his campaign off with a whimper, and while he's gotten lots of ink and electron-flow as the Liberal's next "it guy" it hasn't exactly resonated with the actual electorate. Which means that he's already failing the "next messiah" standard.

January 11, 2006 at 9:29 AM  

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