The fate of nations rests upon so many trivial things:
Using plants to trick political opponents into saying embarrassing things and then leaking the results to the media is “politics as usual,” says a former Conservative Party campaign manager.
Speaking by phone from Calgary, Tom Flanagan, who wrote Harper’s Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power, a kind of electoral handbook for political junkies, said, “It’s very effective. It’s tremendously effective. It has decided elections. I’ve lived through it. And that’s why parties do it, and all parties do it in one form or another.”
When the story "broke" that the Tories were using staffers to "provoke" opposition candidates and MPs I nearly died laughing. OK. OK. I chuckled in a brief though obviously cynical manner. The story here isn't about the Tories, it's about the media thinking this is a story. It's like running an article about how the Conservatives are now nailing election signs into people's front lawns! Oh, the humanity! Tricking your opposition into making an unforced error is par for the political course. Has been since Pericles was wandering around the Athenian agora.
These little stories are like dying gasps. For almost nine long years the MSM has waged a low-level fight against the Tory war machine. Realizing this was a guerrilla campaign they couldn't win the Boys in Blue have basically withdrawn. Just like they withdrew from the national unity file and so many other perennial problems of Canadian political life. Sometimes these things really do just go away. Or in the case of Quebec stop threatening to go away. Which is admittedly a mixed blessing.