I watched QP today and when Harper said:
MR. Speaker, what's at issue here is the credibility of the leader of the opposition. ( Interjections ) who has been here week after week, demanding not just that the government spend more, but that it spend more permanently, mr. Speaker, and now -- and now, mr. Speaker, he tries to come and pretend he's concerned about the deficit. Mr. Speaker, I can't fire the leader of the opposition. With all of the tapes i've got on him, i don't want to.
(from CC transcripts)
I confess that my mouth flew open. Did he just say tapes? Did he just stand in the House and 1) admit to being behind the negative ads and 2) say that he has more tape? Yes indeed, I'm sorry to say that Nixon came to mind.
Immediately after that thought though, I remembered how tapes have played a prominent role in this PM's career. We had the Grewal revelations that really should have told the country all they needed to know. Then we had the Cadman tape, that again revealed the man for who he is. Now, he is spending his time reviewing tapes of Ignatieff? Not tapes of Ignatieff doing anything untoward mind you. Just tapes of Ignatieff either doing his job at the time, or speaking to a reporter.
Like the Grewal tapes, the tapes that Harper seemed to revel in today are those that have been doctored. Intentionally designed to present what isn't there into a reality. That's the basis of all of their ads after all. Ignatieff now and Dion before him. I suppose that might be why they jumped to that defense when the Cadman tape came out. 'They're doctored!", they cried.
Harper really exposed himself today. He gleefully put it on record that he is spending his time, lying in wait, to use tapes against Ignatieff.
What a class act this PM is. Nixon himself would indeed be proud.
Vid from BC'er.