Sunday, April 05, 2009

Sleepless nights in the PMO

Alexander Panetta keeps coming with this Mulroney-Harper reporting today: "Conservative caucus roils over Mulroney." Others have been blogging this today, just adding two points here.

If I'm not mistaken, this latest CP update includes the Conservative talking points which add to the previous CP report earlier today. And good for you, anonymous (Progressive) Conservative leaker, whoever you may be. Time stamped at 4 a.m. Sunday. Hello!

The PMO seems bizarrely on the defensive over the calling of the Oliphant Commission on the Mulroney-Schreiber matter. That wasn't the motivation behind the discontent from the PC wing this week, it was the Harper crew dissing Mr. Mulroney. Here's the PMO set of talking points advice sent out to MPs and senators at 4 a.m.:
We recommend the following talking points:

Media questions regarding internal discussion at this week's national caucus meeting.

-I won't comment on internal caucus discussions and I won't respond to anonymous sources.

-These stories don't relate to anything that ordinary Canadians care about.

-The government stands by its decision to appoint the Oliphant Commission of Inquiry.

-The Canadian people want and deserve answers to questions about the dealings between Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Schreiber.

-Even Mr. Mulroney himself called for an inquiry.

-We are proceeding with the inquiry and will not be sidetracked.
Well that should tamp this one out. Again, no one is attacking the establishment of the Oliphant Commission, not that's been seen publicly, anyway, from any Conservative corners. The talking points just seem to be hardening the split among the PCs and Reformers.

One other point here, this move of the past week to go after Mr. Mulroney seems to be quite similar to the fall economic update partisan attack on the opposition. Except within Mr. Harper's own party. The pathological partisans haven't learned their lesson.