The Hack says it better than I could:
"Stephen Harper will do things differently," we told the non-believers.
And then the trap we sprung on ourselves:
"I believe that Stephen Harper is different."
Thousands of Conservatives gave their friends and family that exact speech or a reasonably facsimile of it.
What are we supposed to tell the people of our lives now that they'll be coming back and saying, "Sure, fool me once...?"
I said exactly those things in cold doorways around the neighbourhood where I live this past election, and on sunlit ones in the election before. Someday, a bright and enterprising candidate may convince me to campaign door-to-door with them again, but you can bet I'll never promise my party will do things differently.
Fool me once...
Update: Andrew might be on to something:
I wonder if there is a correlation between time spent volunteering on the Conservative campaign, and how you reacted to the Emerson/Fortier appointments?
Perhaps. How thoroughly disappointing to see the cynics proved right. Cynicism builds nothing, creates nothing, inspires nothing. I had hoped a principled Conservative government, unused to the corrupting trappings and temptations of power, might stem the rising tide of cynicism eating away at the political spirit of our great country. That hope is not extinguished, but it wanes.
I still support the Conservative govenment on policy. But policy alone is thin gruel indeed for someone hungry for leadership.
Upperdate: Coyne is farking hilarious. My God, I needed that laugh.