As I have said all along, the strength of the Harper regime is also its weakness. Being controlling and secretive can serve you well under certain circumstances but when people begin to suspect you of something wrong or illegal, such attitudes begin to seem suspicious and even dangerous. The robocon scandal is rooted in the ruthless drive that the CPC (under its present leadership) has to win at all costs (even illegal ones) and to destroy any opposition. Under this obsessive drive, a political party (any political party) becomes dangerous to the nation and to itself. Democracy gets in the way of power and the people get in the way of your interests until the very people that you are supposed to represent begin to fear and despise you. Thus, a group like the Harpercons seems to go to almost comical lengths to smear others and divert people's attention away from what, to any rational person's mind, is a tremendous scandal which common sense tells us leads directly to the offices of someone in the CPC. Like underworld thugs, the worst elements of the CPC are so mindlessly driven to have their way that they have little idea of what they are actually doing, what the consequences might be, and just how off the rails they have gone. And the worst part of the story is that no one in the Party has yet been willing to stand up for the very principles of honesty, fairplay, and honor that they claim to represent.
The unbelievable blowhard, Dean Del Mastro is the worst kind of thug - ignorant, dull-witted, and profoundly ambitious. In the past week he has proven himself to be comically incompetent as he has attempted to divert the attentions of Canadians away from a scandal in which his party is clearly implicated. First he was caught out lying to the house about the entirely legal and ethical phone practices of the Liberal Party. Then, daring the Liberals to reveal their phone records, he was clearly caught off guard today when the LPC began to do just that. However, when asked if his own Party would reveal its records Del Mastro said they would not reveal their records because his party is obviously innocent of any wrong doing. This is a remarkable exercise in Orwellian double-speak. He demanded the records of a party that any rational person in the country suspects of nothing, while holding back his own party's records in a scandal that most people are certain leads to the doors of the CPC. It is almost Nixonian in nature, as if Del Mastro is suggesting that anything that the Harper regime does is, by its very nature, legal.
Yet things are looking bleak for Del Mastro and his corrupt and ruthless party as four out of five Canadians think that a judicial inquiry is appropriate. Thus we return to the question of a strength becoming a weakness - the secretive and controlling nature of the CPC under Harper cannot bring itself to treat this matter in a way that would, at the very least, create an image of honesty and an interest in justice. Instead, everything the CPC and its spokespeople do makes them look more guilty than they otherwise might. This is because while a controlling effort in politics can be an effective way of getting elected, people begin to get pretty edgy when their government looks like they are a petty, third-world dictatorship.