Oh how then opposition leader Stephen Harper used to like to mock and ridicule Paul Martin, smearing him as "Mister Dithers."
Harper delighted in mocking Martin, the guy who brought Canada back from the brink of bankruptcy, who cleaned up the mess left by that other Conservative, Brian Mulroney.
So, Harper ridiculed and demeaned Martin and it got him straight into 24 Sussex Drive. The economy was good, the books were balanced, debt was being paid down and the feds were running a $12-billion surplus. Talk about walking into a prime ministerial piece of cake.
Harper really didn't have to do much and, not surprisingly, he didn't. Instead he busied himself with constant campaigning for majority power. That's all he's done since he took over - constant political gamesmanship.
Now, however, we're in meltdown. This should be Steve's shining moment, his chance to show us real vision and leadership. What do we get? Go to CalgaryGrit's blog or Garth Turner's. Both have charts of the litany of moronic claims we've heard from Harper since September, one idiotic statement after another as the stock market has steadily tanked. Erratic, inconsistent - genuine dithering somehow elevated to near religious-quality.
STEPHEN HARPER IS - THE DITHERING IDIOT!
So, what's Steve's plan to rescue the Canadian economy? What's he got to show for the past four months at the wheel? How about the square root of Sweet Fanny Adam? Oh, he's going to spend an underwhelming $6-billion on infrastructure. Hell that's not half the surplus the government was banking when he got his hands on it and started defunding it, steadily weakening the government for this very day. Less than a third of the treasure we've thrown away on Afghanistan. Not even a tenth of the bank bailout. It would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetically sad.
And this jackass mocked Paul Martin.