I wrote a couple of days ago that "watching [Paul Martin] scratch and claw at the porcelain as he swirls around the bowl for the next week is going to be ugly."
I was right (ht: the other Damian):
Canadian Auto Workers president [ed: and ardent Paul Martin groupie] Buzz Hargrove used a campaign stop in nearby Strathroy to call Conservative Leader Stephen Harper a separatist whose Alberta-born political principles place him outside mainstream Canadian values.
He seemed to agree with questioners that Quebecers vote for the Bloc Quebecois over the Conservatives.
But here's the real money quote from Martin in his frantic scramble to pull out of this latest media death-spin:
“I have large differences with Stephen Harper but I have never doubted his patriotism,” Martin said at a news conference in London.
*scraping jaw off desk*
Never? Really Paul?
Gilles Duceppe and Stephen Harper worked together to bring down the government. Lots of late night secret meetings. Apparently they're quite a team. Which is great. Because if Harper wins this election? He'll need to work very, very closely with Duceppe. Unfortunately, their unity won't do much for Canada's unity. Choose your Canada.
What exactly is the point of this Liberal attack-ad if not to question Harper's patriotism?
Of course, there is one absolutely tickling irony in the cheap and insulting smear job above. When Martin says "Because if Harper wins this election? He'll need to work very, very closely with Duceppe." his dishonest scaremongering is actually pushing disgusted voters more and more towards an electoral result that would ensure Harper doesn't have to work with anyone other than his own caucus.
Five more days. Keep clawing at the inside of that toilet bowl, Junior. The more you talk, the better Harper looks.