More gaffes from the Con's today and I don't just mean the Sparrow incident.
Kady is reporting that the Con War room is using tape from various networks without permission on their juvenile website and Robert Fife is reporting that the PMO is using the RCMP to keep the media away from Harper.
I guess Harper thinks because he came out before his speech today and announced that Sparrow had been suspended, he's under no obligation to discuss it anymore. During that little announcement, Harper mentioned that he set a tone and an expectation for this campaign and he expects to see that carried through. Well I'd say it is being carried out and it's a tone no different than we've seen from this guy since he took office. Lie, manipulate, control, get nasty and flaunt the rules.
When you consider what he said today about the Green Shift,
The Tory leader told reporters the Liberal plan would be an economic catastrophe and suggested it would trigger a recession worse than one that struck in the early 1980s.
He added that it would jeopardize national unity. Not only are these assertions ridiculous, they are reckless. He's lying to Canadians and instilling fear in order to grab votes.
This is the same Harper that we have seen since day one. If you disagree with any of his positions, he goes into hyper nasty partisan mode and hurls insults, lies and ignores the rules. That's the tone he's set for his party and it's staff and that is precisely what they are following. They employ all the tactics they have seen Harper use for months and go for the jugular.
What do you think Sparrow was doing? Mimicking his boss. What do you think their webmasters were doing? Mimicking their boss. What do you think all the MP's are doing with these mailings? At the very least they are playing at the margins of the rules and taking yet another opportunity to lie and mock the leader of the opposition. So, mimicking their boss.
How is all of this happening? Because until now, we've seen precious little honest reporting on it. With the exception of a few, such as Steven Chase to whom I linked earlier, journalists just aren't doing their homework.
Today, I cannot count how many reports I've read or heard, praising the Conservatives for reacting so quickly to their gaffes. Why would you praise a political party for doing exactly what any reasonable person should expect from a government? Ridiculous.
The blue vest may not be completely unravelling yet, but there is a definite snag in it. Let's see where the focus goes from the media. Will it be on the snag, or how nice what remains of the vest, looks?
Best line of the day? Dion's reaction to Harper's national unity threat.
"While he was busy talking about building firewalls in the West, I was fighting to keep my country together," Dion said in New Brunswick, where he was speaking to the Board of Trade. "I do not need any lessons from Stephen Harper on fighting for the national unity of my country."