We can't be distracted by sideline drama over debate formats and whether or not Elizabeth May gets included. Or astroturfers trolling for trolls on Craigslist. Or Conservative senators calling reporters rude names.
The focus needs to stay on Harper and his contempt for Parliament, for democracy, and for us. That will be his undoing.
Lies, hypocrisy, slapping down dissent, smears, and systematic dismantling of the infrastructure of civil society. About a month and a half ago, Gerald Caplan summed it up beautifully: Harper is his own worst enemy. What we need to do is help him do it to himself by reminding voters of what he does to them. As Caplan puts it:
He unleashes ministers to attack judges who make unwelcome decisions. He personalizes attacks on his “enemies”.
He is impervious to the democratic spirit that has galvanized hundreds of millions of people to stand up for freedom.
Makes you wonder why Canadians aren’t yet out on the streets in the millions. Instead, Michael Ignatieff demands that Bev Oda be fired.
Let's stay on message, comrades.