11 thoughts on “Mike Duffy is an ass, but if he can hurt Harper, all power to him!

  1. I was so hoping that this trial would pull back the curtain on Harper and the PMO. What troubles me is the shoulder-shrugging that seems to be the general response so far. Maybe future testimony will produce some outrage and influence the election.

  2. Stevie really fucked up today, I think, when he said, "These are the actions of Mr. Duffy and Mr. Wright. ..You hold people responsible for their own actions." and "These are the two people who are responsible and they are being held accountable,"

    because he is the same man who said in 2005 the following:
    "At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party […], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership.
    In the end, it doesn’t really matter where [his] actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads.

    If he had a right or honourable bone in his body, he’d admit that and resign immediately."

    In other words, it is time for Dear Leader to walk the walk.

    1. Reading your post made me realize how he frequently begins sentences (usually answers, but not always) with the phrase: "These are the . . ."

      In the two examples quoted in your post, such a construction allows him to distance himself from the PMO's shenanigans.: "These are the actions of Mr Duffy and Mr Wright [and therefore not mine]."

      Yet he also uses this rhetorical construction to attack his political opposition. "These are the [insert noun] we expect to hear from . . . "

      And he also uses this construction to scare the electorate about whatever bogey du jour. I recall hearing him repeatedly start each of his pronouncements on the hijab with this phrase. And now he does so with campaign speeches about the invisible terrorists living here, there, and everywhere.

      Not to seem nerdy, but such seemingly minor rhetorical tics can be revealing. To me at least :)

  3. I just skimmed this, but are the original expenses at issue sort of the reverse of Tundratwat claiming per diem for governing from her livingroom instead of Juneau?

    1. Basically, yes. Mike Duffy, although he was born and bred in Prince Edward Island, has spent his entire adult life being a reporter in Ottawa, Ontario. His so-called "principal residence" in PEI is a cottage which is uninhabitable in the winter. In addition, he often claimed trips as expenses for being a senator, when in fact he was on fund-raising junkets for the Conservative Party, as he was hugely popular (why, I have NO idea). There is also a great time-stamped picture of him lounging on a cruise ship whilst he was claiming expenses for the same day as being on senate business. He is a huge, huge, unmitigated douche, but if he can throw some poo at Harper and make it stick, it would be so sweet.

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