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The fish rots from the head down.

This isn’t particularly surprising news:

Judging by the government’s first 18 months, the final say on any new agenda will lie with only one man – Stephen Harper. Despite years of championing accountability and the importance of MPs’ independent voices, Harper has established an unprecedented one-man hold on Ottawa…The Prime Minister continues to be the government’s spokesperson on most issues. As they have for a year and a half, cabinet ministers remain largely in the background, forced to clear all important announcements with the PMO.

By being a one-man show, Harper might project he is a “strong” leader, but he also projects that the rest of his government is very weak. As much as I detest President Bush and his main strategist Karl Rove, there is one political strategy that Rove has employed over the years that might make sense to do up here – rather then attack a political opponent’s weakness, attack or discredit his perceived greatest strength and neutralize it.

I don’t propose that the dirty tricks Rove is apparently (in)famous for doing be applied here. But,  I believe if the perceived strength of Harper being seen as a strong leader can be attacked and discredited, with his government being so dependent on him and his Cabinet Ministers being perceived as being nothing more then a group parroting Harper’s views, I think the house of cards would come down pretty quickly on this government and their hold on power.

Something to think about for certain other political party strategists.

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