Pretty straightforward question, "Have you heard enough or do you want to hear more?"
That's the question posed to the Senate by their beleaguered colleague, Mike Duffy, as he tabled a first batch of documents for their consideration.
Do you want to hear more? What does that imply except that there's more to tell. There's more to be known about the Senate expense scandal as it relates to the Cavendish Cottager, more to be known about Wright-Duffy-Harper scandal, more to be known about the senior Tory leadership within the PMO and the Senate itself. Who can say what else there's more to know about?
So, what are the senators going to do? Do they want to hear more? Sure, if there's more to hear, and the documents tabled today suggest there must be, then of course they want to hear more, they want to get down to the bottom of this. They owe no less to Parliament and the Canadian people.
But what if they don't want to hear more? What are we to make of that? The guy who's offering to tell them more, to share more documents with them, is the guy who is also pointing fingers at some of them who just happen to be those most keen to shut him up, to bury him. That doesn't seem quite right, does it? Doesn't seem Canadian at all.
You see, if after this guy produces documents that support or are at least consistent with what he's been saying all along, they still don't want to hear more they had better come up with a solid explanation of why not. And if they don't do that we are right to assume they're trying to save their own skins and maybe their prime minister's too.
The Conservative convention doesn't open until Friday. There's plenty of time left to hear more, to peruse more documents, to ask and answer important questions. All they have to do is say yes, they want to hear more. Don't hold your breath.
An anonymous commenter drew my attention to this delightful clip that should lead every newscast in the country, every night until the Great Dissembler comes clean. Enjoy, if you can avoid weeping.