I know it’s going to be a rough week for the Conservatives, when there are election-levels of traffic coming to my blog for political information. I don’t know when I’ve had so many hundreds come through liblogs.ca, of all places, to my site. And that’s on the weekend! Canadians don’t care about politics on weekends outside of elections… or major scandals. What’s the scandal? Is it Vic Toews peeping at your ISP details? Vikileaks? Is it Poilievre driving through a Parliament checkpoint, vehicle unchecked? Nope, it’s the big one:
Where some mysterious figure(s) named Pierre Poutine, with apparently the Conservative’s voter information database at their disposal, caught calling thousands (to tens or hundreds of thousands) of Canadians with illegal, fraudulent details of moving election polls on May 2, 2011.
Read the following in the context of Jean Chretien, and Adscam:
At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party […], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter where [his] actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads.
If he had a right or honourable bone in his body, he’d admit that and resign immediately.
But what do we get?
Stephen Harper first claiming the Liberals did it and finally, if not in so many words, saying “Prove it, copper!”
Oh yeah, it’s not about Adscam, it’s about RoboCon. It could have been written about Adscam and Chretien by a Progressive Conservative, or a Reformer a decade ago. So, why is Harper getting a free pass from many True Blue Believers right now, when the Conservatives came to power on a supposed wave to sweep away Liberal staleness and corruption?
While taking Stephen Harper out to the woodshed wouldn’t do much to fix Canada’s democracy, the Green Party (smugly?) points out that Proportional Representation as an electoral system would have prevented this sort of nickel-and-diming voter suppression that the Conservatives are being linked to.
This other Woodshed is worth taking yourself to, however. The Rev explains exactly what is going on, and why Harper’s been rebuffed and refuted for his initial claims of non-involvement with Robocalls. As with Nixon (or Chretien for Adscam, to throw my more conservative readers a doggy biscuit), he’ll probably stay out of jail, but his reputation is forever tarnished. He wrote the blockquote above that I got you to read in a different context so you could easily see that he’s perfectly right.
Hat tip to Edstock at TGB
And it’s easy to lose sight of all of the other scummy things going on in government, while the scummiest story’s bubbles start to pop and settle a little. How can we shift focus to those other events, without steering our 1-track-mind-media away from the bigger problem?