Friday, April 03, 2009

... and the knives come out for Stephen Harper.

Oh, dear ... via Jeff Jedras, we learn that Stephen Harper should really start watching for a quick shiv in the back from none other than Blogging Tory co-founder Stephen Taylor:

Is Harper's Conservative coalition falling apart?

While Stephen Harper has managed to hold it together now by sheer force of his captivating personality, rigidly-enforced party discipline, and a collective lust for power, there is increasing evidence that after two minorities and no prospect for improvement, the fractious Conservative coalition is beginning to crumble.

Take two new Web sites launched recently designed to lobby the Conservative government. Cut The and No were launched under the auspices of the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation, a group that has traditionally been quite supportive of the Conservative Party, and can count a great many Conservatives as its members. Both are petition-sites, and make clear they're not pleased at all with the fiscal policies of the Harper government, even if they never use the words Conservative or Harper.

And interestingly, the apparent creative force behind the campaign, and the admin of the corresponding Facebook groups, is none other that Blogging Tory-poo bah and well-connected Conservative Stephen Taylor.

What does it say when staunch Conservative supporters need to launch Web sites to lobby their own government?

Ah, but that's not the best part. No, the best part is that, if you pop over to Canada's Blogging Whiners, you find:

In other words, Stephen Taylor has pulled a Cherniak -- he started a political aggregator, groomed it carefully over the years and raised its profile and, now that it's a fairly popular political watering hole, he's going to use it to push his personal, ideological agenda.

One wonders what Taylor's BT minions think about this, especially the ones who so howled with laughter when Jason Chernial pulled this classless shit over at and got his pee-pee whacked for it. Those same BTs are now on the receiving end of the same douchebaggery, and one has to be curious as to how they feel about, especially the ones who might not agree with Taylor's "Cut the fat" philosophy but are still being used to bring visitors to the site.

Yes, this should be entertaining to watch. Especially the part where, just when you think Stephen Taylor couldn't possibly be any more of a classless, traitorous, self-absorbed, back-stabbing douche, well, he can always surprise you.

If I was Preston Manning, I'd be keeping an eye on Taylor. Strictly out of a sense of self-preservation, if you catch my drift. And I think you do.


MgS said...

The other possibility is that those lobbying campaigns are in fact an astroturfing exercise.

(God knows that Stephen Harper's "captivating personality" is captivating the way a black hole is to matter - more out of a horrified realization of the vast nothingness it represents)

Balbulican said...

I'm sorry, I couldn't get past the reference to Harper's "captivating personality."

I have met (or been in a room with) every Canadian Prime Minister since and including Trudeau, and I have to say that in terms of personality, Harper ranks with, or slightly below, John Turner.

deBeauxOs said...

Captivating? - certainly not this definition. More appropriate would be the qualifier predatory.

A BCer in Toronto said...

I'm sorry, I couldn't get past the reference to Harper's "captivating personality."

I thought the sarcasm was fairly obvious.

Niles said...

Of course he's captivating. He's got plans to put a lot of Canadians in to captivity, guilty or not, because he's all about Tough Love.

Harper is Tough On Crime, Tough On Terrorism, Tough On Firearm Restrictions, Tough On Tax Cuts, Tough On Harm Reduction, Tough On Immigrants, Tough On Indigenes, Tough On Women, Tough On The Environment, Tough on Ridings That Didn't Vote Conservative, Tough on Government Surpluses, and leave us not forget Tough on Fox.