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Canadian PoliticsTime is the enemy of politicians. The longer a politician is in power, the more likely that politician or party is going to do something to anger the voter. This couldn't me more true for Stephen Harper and his merry band of Tories. In the brief time since the last election, Harper and Co. have managed to go from a slight lead in the polls to being neck in neck with a leaderless Liberal Party. It can really only get worse for the Tories as well. Why? Time. Harper can only keep his neo and theo-con factions silent for so long. In fact, their voices are starting to creep out in some of the policies of the government. Attacks on Status of Women and other social agencies are just the tip of the iceberg. The longer Harper is in power, the more likely it is that he will have to ram something truly unpalatable down throats of Canadians in order to keep his neo and theo-con support strong. The fact that Harper seems to agree strongly with these factions also makes it likely, in the long run, that Harper himself will either say or do something that will scare moderate voters away in droves.

Add to the wing-nut factor the apparent arrogance of the Tories now that they're in power. The secrecy and unaccountability of the federal Tories almost rivals that of their Alberta counterparts. Though this doesn't annoy Albertans (unless, of course, it's a non-conservative party doing it to them) but it will start to grate on the rest of Canada. The longer the arrogance lasts, the more voters it will turn away. Again time is not Stephen Harper's friend.

Time is also against Harper in that he can only keep people like Rob Anders and Myron Thompson muzzled for so long. Given enough time, the probability one of these guys is going to wander in front of a live microphone and start talking approaches 1. Any of the more nutty members of Harper's caucus speaking their "mind" to the media will do harm, possibly irreparable, to the party. This is probably why Harper has them in what appears to be a witness protection program where they're seldom seen and even more rarely heard. It's also likely why the Tories protected Anders' and Thompson's seats from being contested, payment for keeping their mouths shut.

So time is working against the Tories. Much of what the Tories say and do is out of sync with most of Canada and this will catch up with them. They have to quit governing like the support that the received from Canadians was due to vast agreement with their policies. The Tories would do well to remember as the votes that went to them were less for them and more against the Liberals. At some point in time, those votes will return to the Liberals. How fast they return is all the Tories can control. At the rate that the Tories are going, it won't take too much time at all.
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Authored by: Anonymous onWednesday, October 18 2006 @ 09:55 MDT
The more I learn about this lot, the more convinced I become that Harper _is_ one of the wingnuts. The only difference being that he knows just enough to keep his yap shut.

I'm seriously beginning to think the TheoCon faction is in control of the CPoC.

(The first test of that will be to see who replaces Turner as the CPoC nominee in Halton - my money is that they will find someone with nice cozy ties to McVety)

- Grog