Tuesday, May 21, 2013
If the Opposition Fumbles This Ball They're Not Fit to Govern
Heritage minister James Moore is said to be en route to Prince Edward Island to demand Duffy's resignation. That has to be part and parcel of rolling this scandal back out of the PMO and straight into the lap of a safely-resigned former senator where the opposition will be left to pick on a carcass.
Harper signalled that would be the approach in his remarks this morning. Oh he was so deeply upset that these bad people had betwayed him. Bad people, bad people. So many disappointments. Poor prime minister. So sad. No room for the likes of Duffy, not in Steve's government. Bad Duffy, bad. Poor Steve.
That is, however, the narrative Steve has chosen to fall back on, the story he plans to sell through the summer. He has to get the focus turned around, back on Duffy, and keep it from heading toward Sussex Drive. Stephen Harper has to regain control of this scandal.
If the opposition falls for it, Stephen Harper wins and they lose, big time. If they focus on Duffy instead of what happened inside the PMO and why, they lose. They need to hammer away on the cheque and the letter of understanding. They need to keep the spotlight on Wright, on Perrin and directly on Steve Harper. They need to make the Canadian public realize the stink isn't coming from Friendly Lane but from right inside the PMO.
When you're in opposition to a guy like Harper you won't be getting many opportunities like this one. They cannot afford to waste it.