Wednesday, October 23, 2013
If You Still Don't Get It
There are still some who don't get why the Duffy-Wright-Harper affair happened. Why would such powerful people expose themselves to such jeopardy? Why was Duffy given such preferential, under-the-table treatment?
You can find the answer in an autographed photo of Duffy and Harper that graces the beleaguered senator's office. It's all there in Harper's hand.
Harper writes, "To Mike, my most valuable Senator."
Most valuable. Not my 'good' or 'close' or 'loyal' friend. Not any of the salutations Harper inscribes on these things. Most valuable, that's it.
Duffy campaigned like no one else. He raised a pile of money, he swung a lot of votes. During elections and in between he was in permanent campaign mode, flitting from one end of the country to the other. I've heard it said that, in one 2-day period, he made appearances in 17-ridings.
That is the kind of person who is worth his weight in campaign contributions. That is the sort of person you want to preserve and, above all, control even if that takes inducements and threats. Valuable enough that you make under-the-table payments, have Senate reports laundered, just about anything you think you can keep out of the public eye.
Valuable, sure, but if that person suddenly becomes radioactive, he can instantly be transformed into an unacceptable liability, someone who needs to be buried, quickly and quietly and never spoken of again.