Mike Duffy's counsel may have declared war on the Harper government yesterday. Today it's Duffy's turn to take the battle onto the floor of the Senate.
My guess is that Duffy will deliver a carefully scripted statement that will put the Senate itself and especially Harper's senatorial henchmen on trial in the Court of Public Opinion. LeBreton, Tkachuk and Stewart-Olsen, Harper's senatorial front bench, are logical targets. If Duffy is prosecuted, the trio will play an integral if unwilling role in his defence. He will implicate each of them in whatever wrongdoing he is claimed to have committed.
Duffy may also seek to show the Senate is being used as a smokescreen for the prime minister and his PMO. If he chooses his words well, as I suspect he will, he can probably persuade an already skeptical public that the real villains who should be suspended are those pushing for his own ouster.
Bombshells? There could be one or two but I wouldn't count on it. This is not the time to be sacrificing a knight or a bishop, not when a pawn will do.
A couple of Tweets from former Mulroney chief of staff, Norman Spector:
- Does anyone truly think Duffy would have agreed to Wright's plan if he didn't think Wright was speaking for Harper?
- There's something vaguely behind-the-iron curtain-during-the-Cold-War about all the maneuvering surrounding the Duffy affair