Oh look at Stephen Harper, he’s such a great politician. A master of the House! A brilliant tactician! Look how he has instilled all kinds of party discipline! A new blue machine!
Umm, not so much.
By clamping down so hard on his party, I’m wondering if he’s made this misstep on his part far worse than it had to be for him. Everyone was stifled, everything was run from Langevin by a late-era Harrisite. You can put up with a lot of that sort of stuff when you’re winning and when the future looks bright, but now? Now it’s for what that a party with a sense of strong grass roots has become a cult of personality?
I asked this question a while ago but I’ll reiterate it: Reformers, ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?