Basically, if you're trying to buy someone's vote, you don't pee on the money first, which is what Stephen Harper did yesterday when he announced his off-shore oil deal with Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald:
Bill Casey, a Nova Scotia Conservative MP, got kicked out of caucus by voting against a procedural motion related to the budget to register his support of Nova Scotia's position.
Harper said this deal will not clear the way to Casey's return to the federal Tory caucus.
"Mr. Casey is not welcome into our caucus ... when there is a next federal election, there will be a Conservative candidate in Mr. Casey's riding, and it will not be Mr. Casey," he said.
In offering thanks, MacDonald mentioned Nova Scotia Tory MPs Peter MacKay and Gerald Keddy, but he didn't mention Casey by name.
Talk about pointlessly nasty. If you are going to sacrifice a Nova Scotia seat from sheer cussedness (because Casey will almost surely win as an independent), isn't it best to at least do it quietly? But this is not the Harper style; Harper's style is to lash out at those who have crossed him, no matter that the guy is a hero in Nova Scotia and that insulting him publicly will squander the very good will that Harper has been attempting to cultivate.
So the Bad Stephen Harper is back, which Steve V noticed last night and a few in the MSM have picked up on this morning. Excellent! Just in time for the Throne Speech.