16 December 2005

Harper: I'm with stupid!

(Left) Latest item from the Connie eboutique is inspired by Stephen Harper's recent comments on John Crosbie's 1979 budget. Like Crosbie and the two leading Harper candidates in Newfoundland and Labrador, the t-shirt is a throwback to the 1970s.

By the way, in case you didn't know, Harper said "You can be principled without being stupid." The Crosbie budget toppled the Clark government.

So far, no media outlet has sought out the dyspeptic former Mulroney strongman in the province to see how stupid he feels now.

My guess is Crosbie is feeling pretty dumb, having taken the job of Atlantic campaign chair for the Harper Conservatives just days before Harper kicked Crosbie in the crotch in front of champagne sipping reporters on Con-Air, the Harper campaign plane.

What Harper was talking about, apparently was the 18 cent per gallon excise tax on gasoline that Crosbie stuck in his budget to raise cash.

I guess Harper never read Jeffrey Simpson's Discipline of Power.

Crosbie originally wanted an excise tax that would have raised the price of gas 30 cents a gallon.

If 18 cents was stupid, I'd like to know what Harper would think of that.