Due to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of everyone who is being paid to cover this campaign, it’s impossible to tell exactly what will happen on Monday, but the prognosis is a lot grimmer than it should be for conservatives.
It should never have come to this. We could be seeing the end of the Harper Prime Minister-ship, a coalition, or Trudeau riding into 24 Sussex on his own “merits.” I hope and pray that I am wrong, but I don’t think I am.
If it goes bad for the Conservative Party we can (and probably will) blame the media and the unions; claim it’s not as bad as it looks; say, “It is what it is;” talk about how Canadians will quickly tire of the unready and unsteady Mr. Trudeau; and basically keep on pretending like Justin isn’t worth getting excited over.
Or we could do what we should have done back in 2013 and conclude that the game is rigged and we might as well flip the table.
When the CPC came out with the "Just Not Ready" campaign, I wondered why they were leaving open the possibility of Justin Trudeau ever being ready. I got all kinds of unsatisfactory explanations ranging from “Oh, they’re keeping their powder dry until the election” to “You can’t go after a guy like that without making people feel sorry for him.” Then they came out with the “Job Interview” ad, which for some bizarre reason gave precious seconds to an actor who said, “I’m not saying never... but not right now.”
There was the “Shiny Pony” campaign. There was Harper referring to Trudeau as “Justin.” There was the endless Facebook-sharing and retweeting of Trudeau’s oh-so-silly gaffes.
All proceeding from the assumption that Canadians were rational, economically minded people who wouldn’t let themselves get swept away by the throes of Trudeaumania Redux.
Except that’s not what Trudeau offered.
He, the so-called progressive, was offering Canadians a way back -- back to a Canada without divisive debates over the niqab, over citizenship, over the economy. While his foot soldiers stirred the pot and tried to embarrass the government, Justin promised peace, sanctity, and a restoration of Canada’s all-important reputation.
As Harper is focused on the minutia of income splitting, Trudeau would impose uniform consent through the divine right of kingship.
And that’s really what this is all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s all been about from the beginning.
Canadians are no different from other peoples ruled by princes and generallissimos. We want the one true King of Canada to rule over us, not pretenders like Stephane Dion or Michael Ignatieff, not common rabble rousers like Mulcair and the rest of his NDP ilk, and not Harper, who the Media Party historians and mythologizers will consign to darkness as a petty tyrant.
All the pollsters and the pundits, the ones who have shown themselves to be incapable of predicting a rainbow after it rains, knew deep down the whole time that this was going to happen sooner or later. They just buried it under a mountain of rationalizations, as we all did.
It may be too late for the CPC, but it is never too late to learn a lesson. And the lesson is: Never get comfortable. Never write the Liberals off. And most of all: Power is never given. It must be taken, and guarded jealously.
Trudeau understands that. It’s about time we did, too.
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