Friday, December 15, 2006
Decisions, Decisions - Will Layton Prop Up Harper?
The planets have realligned in the heavens, bad news for Jack Layton.
Layton's NDP has tanked in recent polls, losing supporters to Stephane Dion. There's talk of toppling the Harper government in the New Year. That's bad news for Stephen Harper and Jack Layton.
Layton was instrumental in allowing Harper to get into office, will he become Stevie's bumboy to keep him there?
Layton's gambit in toppling the Martin government hasn't played out too well for the NDP. The Liberal Party under Stephane Dion is flexing its muscles as only the Libs can do - pushing right and left. A lot of progressives aren't happy with Harper and a lot of the left has been turned off by Layton's bumbling.
A quick election threatens Harper and Layton. Both desperately need to regroup and that will take time. It would be damning evidence of rank opportunism but if Jack Layton wants to preserve his own political future, he may have to throw in with Stephen Harper. Wouldn't that be delightful? Martin had to go but Harper stays? Yeah, sure Jack.