The Canadian Conservative Establishment -- or Team Talking Points, as I'll be calling them from now on -- has been skipping merrily along down the garden path as of late, throwing everything that could credibly be called "conservative" to the wind.
We've got party leaders running deficits, cozying up to union bosses, and embracing the green energy movement with open arms, while leadership contenders pretend like the last federal election never happened.
Legalizing marijuana? Please and thanks!
Reducing and/or eliminating membership fees? Only after we go through the motions of having people one step removed from the upper echelons complain on social media about it until the decision makers finally relent and make a big deal about how they "listened."
If I could use a few phrases these puppets like to throw around, they are being "short-sighted" and "borrowing from the Liberal playbook" instead of producing "sound conservative policies" to the point where it's almost "throwing the baby out with the bathwater."
But no matter how hard these tryhards try hard, they just can't get a break from that pesky mainstream media, which is bound and determined to find the flaw in everything they do.
The same media spent days hounding Patrick Brown to kick Jack McLaren out of his caucus instead of talking about how the Liberals are basically auctioning off access to their cabinet ministers.
All that, however, pales in comparison to the -- sigh -- "North Koreafication" of the press as they helped Justin Trudeau achieve a social media quantum leap over quantum computing.
Team Talking Points' griping over that sorry episode ensured that the Prime Minister's slam-dunk-from-the-top-of-a-ladder was seen by far more eyeballs than it otherwise would have been.
Now, it's not just humiliating that our so-called media managers can't manage the media and that their loss of composure over the Liberal media managing skillz ended up doing Justin's job for him.
It's that they are so challenged when it comes to human connection that a certain reality TV personality who shall remain nameless will have an almost criminally unfair advantage if he jumps into the CPC leadership race, because he knows how to manipulate the media.
So here's how you solve this problem, CPC leadership hopefuls:
You know that pretty much every conservative voter, regardless of whether they have a single principled bone in their body or not, can be relied upon to complain about getting a raw deal from the media even if all they do about it is post stuff like, "I WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT DEAD READING THE REBEL, BUT HERE'S AN *INTERESTING* ARTICLE FROM THEM" on their Facebook timelines.
You also know that the CBC is a big-time beneficiary of Liberal largesse, as their recent budget made clear.
And, finally, you must know that the Media Party is going to be a stick in the craw of whoever does win this thing.
Now is the time to move beyond complaining about media bias and show the conservative family that next time, we will have a plan to fight back effectively.
Because if we don't?
Then we might as well end the charade and just be Liberals in name as well as nature.