It’s bad enough that Harper’s lackeys (aided by the RCMP) would turf people from his rallies because of they were suspected of not being faithful party drones, but concocting a patently ridiculous explanation for the inexcusable actions of his “team” takes matters to a new level.
Not only is Harper’s strange new twist on events thoroughly insulting to the intelligence of voters who are expected to swallow this demonstrably false codswallop, but most especially to the seemingly earnest individuals involved.
All reports clearly indicate they were not turned away at the door because there was an overflow crowd as Harper now seems to be claiming, but were targeted for quite dubious reasons and then marched out of the rallies they were already attending.
This situation – and again, I’ll admit it’s somewhat trivial in nature on a certain level – may however be an appropriate metaphor for what’s wrong with Harper as a leader and Prime Minister.
The man is evidently incapable of admitting when an obvious cock-up has been made under his watch and dealing with it in a forthright manner. Instead, his default position is always an amalgam of contempt, denial, prevarication and hostility. Little wonder that the shambolic parliaments which he’s headed since 2006 are always so acrimonious and, by his own admission, “dysfunctional” in the way they operate…