They are looking at us with shit-eating grins.
That's right. We Liberals are laughing at the flip-flopping Tories. All the while they are, once again, saying and doing the things Canadians want to see and hear in a government. At first light, these crazy, ridiculous statements over the past couple of weeks by the Conservatives give rise to the belief that the Cons are dead in the water. But are they?
The Canadian voter has proven over the past two general elections that they like the "window dressing" style of politics. So one has to sit back and ask - whilst scratching the ole noggin - what the hell are they up to.
Let's start from the beginning. Was it merely a coincidence that the House of Commons wasn't sitting for President Obama's visit? I think not. I think the Cons were quite content to have the Prez share as few photo ops with opposition parties in plain sight as was humanly possible. An address to the House would have included far too much exposure to the opposition parties on TV in through camera lenses. Who knows, Jack and Gilles might have snuck into a frame or two.
Next up, the PM flies down to New York for some meaningless United Nations meeting. The grin touting Harper grinned his way to interviews with Fox and CNN exclaiming the greatness of the Canadian banking system. Smooth. Very smooth. What better than to have foreigners telling Canadians how lucky they are?
Then we have Top Gun Peter MacKay waving his iron fist at the Russians. Thank God he saved Barack Obama's life by stopping those bombers. But now the Cons get to say how tough they are and how they support the military and our arctic sovereignty. (Not to mention certain defense contracts that will be inked over the next few months).
In the same breath, the Justice Minister announces new get tough on gangs legislation. A clear shot designed for winning all the BC seats. Wile he was at it he threw in a dash of get tough on drugs too.
Next up they send Lawrence Cannon over to Israel on a mission. Canada had already committed humanitarian aid to Gaza and Cannon wasn't attending the donors' meeting, so what is the real purpose of the visit? I leave that answer up to you dear readers.
Simultaneously, we have Jim Prentice over in Washington talking about - you guessed it - the environment. The Cons are now the party of the environment. Imagine that. Don't laugh now, I kid you not.
Throw in the fact that several Con cabinet Ministers are travelling around the country making sure that they are in communities announcing local project funding.
Then, of course, there's the announcement today that Canada is in an unwinnable Afghanistan war. No shit Sherlock? Really? And here's the best. Opposition MPs are attacking the PM for flip-flopping rather than just saying "I told you so" and "it's about time you f#ckin' li*r". In the meantime, most Canadians are saying "Finally", and "thank God".
All this in order to hide the finance minister away for a while. Oh, and who cares about a silly nuclear leak or two. Oh, and the inevitable sell off of Canada's nuclear plants to private interest - a Jim Flaherty trademark. Smoke and mirrors. Smoke and mirrors.
What's up next do you think? Me? I think a trip to China is in order. I'm not laughing at it either.
UPDATE: Travers somewhat agrees with the old What Do I Know, version 2.0.