I try and follow local politics and had thought the fortunes of the PCs were going to improve when Kathy Dunderdale was forced to resign.
The first poll was encouraging for us old time Tories.
However, Danny Williams was determined to do better with his second coronation in choosing someone who, unlike Kathy, would be his puppet. It clearly wasn’t the strongly opinionated Bill Barry.
Danny’s attack on Barry was the start of the decline of the PC party.
He disagreed with Barry’s support for private options in hydro, health and education — not his values — which Barry pointed out were good enough for him but not for the rest of us.
Then, not one member of the PC caucus considered they had the leadership qualities to offer for the leadership, or maybe it was because by now King Danny had made that decision, and selected Frank Coleman to take on the other Corner Brook boy.
It reminds me of John McCain selecting Sarah Palin, without doing his homework. Frank became Danny’s puppet.
I was then expecting an easy victory in the Virginia Waters byelection, and maybe things were not so bad after all.
Then Danny Williams screwed things up again.
Danny probably instructed Danny Breen to support puppet Frank as the Tories tried unsuccessfully to retain Dunderdale’s seat.
Otherwise, why support anyone, especially someone you don’t even know? Danny Williams could not trust the Virginia Waters executive to run Breen’s campaign, so he brought in his family. This was another disaster despite King Danny campaigning and taking out newspaper ads on Breen’s behalf.
Then Bill Barry decided that he was no puppet to a fixed coronation and abandoned his campaign.
This was yet another disaster.
Before the PCs could recover, Danny’s puppet stumbled and fumbled, disrespecting the rights of women to choose and becoming embroiled in controversy over a contract with his former company, Humber Valley Paving.
What will be the next act in the comedy of errors? Will Coleman be shown the door by Tory MHAs rightly fearing for their jobs, or will Danny prevail?
It’s about time the electorate saw Danny Williams for the egomaniac he is.
History will not be kind to him.
I suspect his legacy will be having squandered the better part of $20 billion in offshore oil revenues, an ABC campaign which Sen. Fabian Manning recently said has hurt this province even more so than the squandered billions, and for having initiated the Muskrat Falls fiasco.