Now that he has made the Governor General prorogue parliament, I have an additional take on what he's doing. It's If I lose by your rules I'm suspending the rules and making up my own, or more precisely, If democracy doesn't work in my favor I'll subvert democracy.
The bully really has no way of operating other than as a steamroller. It's not just that he can't back down or reach out to other MPs; it's that he can't say one bloody word to reassure Canadians about the economy, about what's going on in parliament, or about his ability to lead. Some pathology keeps him from being able to show one iota of human kindness. In the address last night someone must have told him he had to smile, but it was the most strained, fakest, most unhappy smile I have ever seen. I am astounded that there is so much talk about the camerawork of Dion's address or the fact that it was a few minutes late. In terms of content, Dion's address was great. Are we so Americanized that all we care about is image and glitz?