with apologies to The Clash
Here’s a few names for you. Richard Hatfield, Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney. What’s the significance you ask? Well, One was flung out of power like a union rep in a Walmart, bringing about a one party legislature in New Brunswick, one learned from his example and skipped town before it happened to him and one got to take the blame and become the PM that saw her party flung out of power like the aforementioned union rep. Say what you will about Mulroney but he could read the writing on the wall and decided that he wasn’t going to be another Dick Hatfield. He’ll let Kim Campbell hold that honour instead and more power to her.
Which brings us to Prime Minister Harper, who, with a senate scandal around his neck that looks to get worse before it gets better and more importantly, before the election, may be thinking that Mulroney had the right idea. Or so John Ivison says and I can see no reason to doubt him. Like Mulroney, Harper has always been pretty good at reading the wind. He’d be a fool if he’s not thinking that his political legacy could easily turn into being known as the second Kim Campbell, given recent bi-election results and the press that he and the CPC are getting. I’m sure that he’s done many other things he’d prefer to be remembered for. Besides Mike Duffy and the Rob and Doug Ford never-ending train wreck are the most recognizable conservative faces right now and don’t look to be going away. Entitled scam artists and substance abusing bullies don’t generate a lot of sympathy and will be remembered in 2015. I’m pretty sure that Harper would like to be a distant memory by then.