This story just doesn't seem to be going away does it?
What keeps me intrigued is the fact that I keep watching Conservatives wave their hand toward me and mumble oh, pshaw. When they say that the media is trying to fill space and quip that it must be a slow news week, I perk up.
Call me crazy, but I don't think that the meeting of the G-20 and subsequent news about the recession, job losses, pension problems, etc., is what most people would call a slow news period.
Alexander Panetta, who seems to have done the lions' share of reporting on this doesn't seem to think it has anything to do with the Reform, PC divisions in the party. While that may be true, the divisions are obvious and seem to be between those who still believe that Harper is the master strategist and can do no wrong and those who are seeing through him.
I'll tell you who surprised me the most. This woman:
Marjory LeBreton, of whom Kinsella has said, wouldn't have bus fare if it wasn't for Mulroney, seems to have had no problem turning her back on him. How do you do that? I guess her misplaced belief in Harper over rides decades old loyalty.
Anyway, I think the real story here is that Harper does not have the handle on his party that he once did. That cannot play out well for him going forward. Say what you will about Ignatieff, but his building a loyal group behind him at this particular point in time is meaningful.
Does the public really pay attention to what goes on in caucus? Of course not. They do pay attention to what is said that is contrary to 'the message' though. Maybe not what's being said as much as the discord in creates and the questions it raises.
The expression, pshaw is so under used, which is a shame really. It's highly revealing and I for one intend to listen for it whether it's uttered or intimated.