|"Get Out of Ukraine." "Get Back in Your Closet, Tubby."|
His supposedly blunt message to Vladimir Putin reveals how Steve Harper really knows how to work a room when there's an election in the offing.
Walking up to Putin at the G20 summit, Harper's aides claim he said this: "Well I guess I'll share your hand but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine."
Missing, naturally, was the "or else" part because for Harper, with his defunded military in decline, there is no "or else." Talk, however, is cheap except as it relates to vote-getting, in this case the Ukrainian-Canadian vote. Then it's priceless.
Oddly enough, all the pictures of this supposed showdown encounter reveal Harper positively beaming at the little Russkie he knows could care less about dire warnings from Canada's clown prince.