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."
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?"
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