I'll just go with the flow and recommend this piece by Lawrence Martin, with special emphasis on this particular passage:
The Prime Minister is now in such command that he can get away with pretty much anything. And he is lauded for his conquests.
And that, I think, is the scariest part of all of this. The fact that -- no matter the excess, no matter the egregious violations -- there is a sizable portion of the Canadian electorate who will never, ever, ever criticize their Dear Leader.
The same people who, as Reformers, couldn't wait to criticize the regular screwing over of democracy by the Liberals are now the ones who are absolutely unconditional, unthinking, lockstep cheerleaders for every single one of Stephen Harper's horrors.
Fiscal irresponsibility? Corruption? Breaking election finance laws? Secretive? Unaccountable? Contemptuous of Parliament? No freakin' problem, they chirp in unison. If Stephen Harper, in order to quash another Parliamentary investigation, simply had the leaders of the opposition parties and their families taken out and executed on the front lawn of Parliament as a lesson to the rest of us, all you would hear from the Blogging Tories is how this demonstrated bold leadership and superior time management skills.
Lawrence Martin is right: Thug, bully and sociopath Stephen Harper can now pretty much get away with anything. And there's always going to be enough adoring electorate around to enable that.
LET'S WATCH ME BE RIGHT AGAIN: Unsurprisingly:
I say "unsurprisingly" as I don't think the Blogging Stepford Bitches have had enough time to toddle over to their mailboxes and read their marching orders from Wanker HQ. So let's give it a day or two, at which point I suspect we'll see a deluge of suspiciously similar attacks on Mr. Travers.
That's my prediction. Feel free to weigh in with one of your own.