Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Conservatives rave: It's the feel bad, creepy budget of the year!

CP has been talking to Conservatives about the budget, and the base is stoked.

Gushes Tom Flanagan, Harper's political mentor:

"I perfectly understand the imperatives of political survival and the need to make compromises and to adjust, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. But ... it's got a creepy feel to it."

Raves former Harper minister, Monte Solberg:
"The Conservatives have easily escaped to fight another day, but what are they fighting for?"

Two thumbs WAY up from The Fraser Institute's Niels Veldhuis:
...(this budget) reminds him of Paul Martin's 2005 Liberal budget, "which was his attempt to try to satisfy everybody, and eventually it satisfied nobody. So I draw similarities between that and this budget - except, of course, for the huge deficit."

Oh, snap!


Blogging Tory honcho Stephen Taylor says if you see just one budget this year, make it this one:
"This budget is not a failure of the Conservative party, it is a failure of the conservative movement...a political party, in practice, is not much more than a marketing machine to sell ideas to an electorate looking to buy them."

I take it back. The free market does work.

Peter Woolstencroft, a self-described "Robert Taft conservative" and political scientist at the University of Waterloo, says make room on the mantle for an Oscar:
"I could not see any over-arching vision or purpose. If this is the kind of budget that Conservative government produces ... why bother voting for these people?"

I can't wait to see the movie poster...

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6 comments:

WesternGrit said...

LOL... ROFL...

Loved your post!

Did Solberg REALLY say that? Link?

They sound like lost little puppy-dogs (or neoCon "attack-kitten-bots" who've lost their "mo-jo")...

A BCer in Toronto said...

According to CP he did. Link is in the first paragraph.

Tom said...

Hell hath no fury...

Northern PoV said...

all this gloating from Liberals about the disaffected Cons.

It is simply one of their tactics (documented by none other than ole Flanagan himself) to be attacked on the right in order to appear centrist

way to fall into their trap

A BCer in Toronto said...

Rats! I fell for Harper's crafty chess playing once again. Well I ever learn?

WesternGrit said...

Yeah, Northern POV, except that it is "they" eating themselves. I look forward to seeing the Conservative donation box after this is through...