I have seriously come to believe that there is something wrong in this country; something bizarre and mysterious. In a place where corruption and illegality has little or no effect on the popularity of a government, something is, well. . . . just off. I have come to believe that irrefutable evidence could emerge that Harper was guilty of child molestation and it would have no impact on his popularity.
Of course, there are among his followers a die-hard group who are so stupid (sorry but there is no other word for it) that they think that the CBC is run by a sinister group of Bolsheviks and that Jack Layton follows a communist ideology. Of course most of these people have no idea what Bolshevik means and would be utterly incapably of articulating what communism, or even socialism, really are. These are the kind of people who, in the US, say that Obama wasn't born in America but that he is the head of some kind of international socialist conspiracy to take over the US in the name of Karl Marx. You can't argue with people like this because they are either too misinformed or they are so far gone that they have lost all reason.
In Canada there is a core base of these kinds of whackos and they would follow Harper no matter what he did. It is irrelevant to them to what degree he undermines democracy because at heart they don't really believe in democracy anyway. Sure, they like it when it goes their way, just like they believe in the courts as long as they are making decisions with which they agree. As far as these people are concerned, democracy is only something to be manipulated in order to further the corporate agenda. And if their leader does something wildly illegal or immoral, the Bolshevik conspiracy forced him to do it. On the other hand, if he were accused of doing something really terrible, they would simply believe that it is a conspiracy to discredit him.
Even though these hard-core crazies constitute only a portion of Conservative support I have come to the conclusion that their ignorance and stupidity have infected many traditional conservatives like a virus. Less and less do Conservatives care about facts such as real crime rates. Less and less do they care about whether their government proposes to spend billions upon billions on untendered fighter jets with a dubious record. As long as it is a Conservative who feeds into their lingering beliefs in communist conspiracies and wants to privatize everything, it doesn't matter how corrupt, how dishonest, how evil he is, their support will remain unshaken. Historically this is exactly the attitude that leads eventually to tyranny. And it will lead there again.