Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A Man of No Integrity and Limitless Hypocrisy
Harper played victim and complained about how he was very upset at the conduct of certain Parliamentarians (i.e. Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau) and how he'd been let down by his own Prime Minister's Office.
Having, like Pilate, washed his hands of the affair, Harper demanded the Senate reform itself forthwith, clean up its act, put an end to these transgressions.
But what exactly had the Senate actually done that was particularly egregious? Nothing. A few of its members may have fudged their expense accounts and claims but it was the actions of the Senate that brought that out. It was the Senate that called in outside auditors. It was the Senate that ordered an investigation.
And, once the Senate had taken these steps to cleanse its own house, what did Stephen Joseph Harper's very own PMO do? Why top officials in the PMO brought Mike Duffy's problems in-house. The bribed Duffy with cash to reimburse the Senate accounts. Harper's office did that, not the Senate. Then they moved to thwart the Senate's investigation, ordering Duffy to say nothing to the independent auditors and spurn their requests for cooperation. Harper's office did that, not the Senate. And then they moved to strongarm the Senate audit committee to launder the report into Senator Duffy's difficulties. Harper's office saw to that, not the Senate.
In fact, almost all of the real corruption in this scandal emanated from Harper and his closest aides (or just his aides if you believe in the Easter Bunny and the claims that Harper had no knowledge of any of this). That's where the corruption is, within Stephen Harper and his hand-picked team. So it's a little rich when the Great Corrupter points fingers at the Senate and demands they reform.
This greasy bait and switch is an integral party of Harper's determination to regain control of this scandal. He's determined to roll this scandal back from the PMO and into Duffy's lap because he knows if he doesn't turn this around, the scandal is heading straight for him.
Curious there was not the slightest mention today of reforming the Prime Minister's Office. That says it all for what is truly at play here.