This past week, Rebel Commander Ezra Levant had the unofficial title of the real leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, and therefore the official opposition, conferred upon him -- by Twitter commentator @bsenka.
(And some other guy who used to run war rooms for the Liberals, apparently...)
Anyway, regardless of who’s saying it, it’s quite true. It’s still early, of course, but this attempt by the group of people currently calling themselves the CPC to be all nice and conciliatory isn’t doing much to dull Trudeau’s lustre.
Andrew Coyne would hate me for saying this, but when it comes to drawing a link between unrestricted immigration from Syria and the horrific attack on Paris, his call for a distinction between the conservative party and the conservative movement (i.e. us) has never rang truer.
Defeat doesn’t appear to have taught the CPC that you can only do so much with a majority of the seats in Ottawa, and that what they need to fall back on is a network of reliable conservative boosters who will expose the consensus for what it is, and provide the pretext for them to destroy it (which would have prevented them from losing a month ago, but what’s done is done).
Now, I can certainly understand if the CPC and parts of the conservative movement would rather engage in pieties about freedom of speech than set up a similar network of their own.
Destroying the consensus will make you hated. And nobody knows more about being hated than the remnants of the CPC, do they?
How hard must it have been for them to have been vilified and ignored day after day on the campaign trail? To have their words twisted by the Media Party, and – worst of all -- to never be recognized for what they did right.
It’d make anyone want to emphasize that a humanitarian response is necessary when fighting ISIS, just to avoid being yelled at for a week or two.
Well, they could do that.
Or they could realize that they will never get the recognition they want.
And there is a certain power in that, make no mistake.
When you accept that nothing you do will change the way your enemies view you, anything becomes possible.
The conservative movement -- again: us -- are pretty much there already, and so I am confident that the party will follow afterwards- eventually, after lots of failing.
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