Lezlie Lowe writing in The Chronicle Herald has some advice for Stevie Peevie.
Harper should let his inner Donald Trump shine
Staring down the barrel of another who-knows-how-many years of Chairman Harper has me praying our conservative Conservative will lift his skirts and show the true colour of his crazy. That he’ll go temporarily off-track and bust a move like Trump is in his pre-bid for the U.S. presidency.
We know Harper is a control freak/borderline psychopath. (See Montreal Simon, passim.) Not to mention a scary TheoCon misogynist. (See DAMMIT JANET!, passim.)
But he keeps himself very tightly wrapped.
Harper’s control of journalists, of what comes out of the mouths of his MPs and of his own image is unparalleled in Canadian history. Harper stays in power mainly because he keeps his extremism under wraps.
And compared to Donald Trump’s bombastic political showmanship, that makes Harper all the more diabolical.
When an relentless reporter presses for an answer, as Terry Milewski intrepidly attempts, Stevie Peevie stands back and lets his rabid supporters shout the question down. It happened again this morning (via Twitter, link below*), with the HarperBots adding, 'Shut down the CBC!'
Here's the DJ! Final Stretch Election Challenge: To the reporter or citizen who can force King Stephen to blow a gasket -- preferably on camera with good audio -- what? Hm. What motivates reporters? Money? Fame? Undying gratitude from a desperate people?
If it's dough, I'd throw in at least a hundred bucks to see it. If it's sex. . .
We're taking reward suggestions and/or pledges in the comments.
* UPDATE: John Ivison:
But it was during the press conference that followed the speech that the temperature rose. CBC Television’s Terry Milewski asked whether Mr. Harper would respect the Governor-General’s decision, if he called on a second-placed party to form government after a Conservative minority was brought down. The Prime Minister said he wasn’t going to speculate on what might happen after the election, despite the fact his whole campaign has been based on conjecture about what might happen post May 2. Mr. Milewski accused the Conservative leader of ducking the question and repeatedly asked him to answer. By this point, the assembled partisans felt it their duty to jump in for their man. “Shut down the CBC,” shouted one man. Another behind Mr. Harper was screaming, gesticulating and visibly upset. To be fair to Mr. Harper, he gestured for calm and maintained his composure. In days gone by, he would have responded to such a challenge by attacking the source.
Quite why the press conference needed to be held in front of a hostile crowd is not clear, unless it was an attempt to intimidate journalists. Other parties hold the presser in a separate room after the event.
Party spindoctors suggest Mr. Harper likes the visuals of being surrounded by supporters but it lends the appearance of a lynch mob when the inevitable happens. One suspects the visuals of this morning’s episode will be replayed on newscasts across the country and confirm many people’s impressions of the Conservative Party as the home of anger, intolerance and blind partisanship.