When Julie Payette was slagged in the pages of the National Post, you knew that she was behaving according to what her overlord thought she should, and then employed journalists to chasten her.
She was difficult! She is in for herself! Really, she is just not a nice person, and poor us for having to put up with the likes of her.
And we see the same playbook used for Jody Wilson-Raybould.
The Canadian Press was employed this time to do the public shaming:
Several Liberals approached Friday said they were confident the story came from Wilson-Raybould herself.
“She’s always sort of been in it for herself,” said one insider who didn’t want to be identified. “It’s never been about the government or the cabinet. Everything is very Jody-centric.”
Not a team player. Not a good girl.
Here she is, just an average schmuck, who got a visit from the political fairy godmother, and gave her a posh cabinet post, and then, she let it all go to her head and gave Prince Charming sass and lip, and she just ruined the Sunny Ways Narrative! How dare she?
Yeah, imagine that. A woman with her own convictions and stands by them.
I thought the hatchet job on Payette was calculated. I have the same thoughts on Wilson-Raybould.
Mind you, I do think there is some misunderstanding of the political process going on: people think a cabinet minister has autonomy: sure, just so long as you do whatever the reigning PM dictates you do. You get marching orders along with your paper crown or plastic tiara, and you march.
It is the reason I don’t get giddy over politics. It has always been about optics. Those optics are there to placate the Middle Class who think fairytales are reality and they can ignore how they are being played because some They is looking after them.
Now that the curtain has been lifted, it is making people very uncomfortable, and the more the PM tries to spin this, the worse it becomes. I seriously doubt this will be the only scandal to smack the Grits before October…