There have been several cases in point lately.:
- Nigel Wright took the stand under oath and presented a very unconvincing case that Harper did not approve of the $90,0000 payment to Duffy. The conclusion drawn by sentient beings paying attention to the trial was that Wright sacrificed his image as a "choirboy" for Harper. But Mr. Wright appears to have decided to fall under the Harper Bus. and that is the fate of a political person.
- Benjamin Perrin was faced with a very similar conundrum. He presented starkly different testimony. He was faced with a decision and made a different choice. And his reputation seems the brighter for it.
- Andrew Coyne, a person recently praised on this blog, is Comment Editor at the National Post. Stating that Post Media is pro-Harper is a given. So in a way, finding out that an editorial critical of Harper by Margaret Atwood was censored by the Post is not surprising. But this is an editorial that Andrew Coyne had approved. Does this not make his position at the National Post untenable? Mr. Coyne is a smart man and a good and knowledgeable writer. If he were to resign as a point of principle, he could get work in no time flat. So it follows that he has less concerns than others for resigning on principle. How can he retain his position at the Post after having his decision countermanded? He appears to have chosen to stay on at the Post in a diminished capacity. At the diminishment of his reputation. Choices have consequences.
- The RCMP has a long and glorious past. But, definitely, since 2006 on, they have been in the Harper bag. The sandbagging of Martin with the bogus Trust accusation by the Zaccardelli led RCMP was odious enough. They can try and pass the embarrassing changes to the Musical Ride off as not tied to and directed by the Harper PMO but suspicions remain for good reason. These can be sloughed off. But Commissioner Paulson has a choice to make. The questions surrounding the RCMP handling of the Duffy affair remain. This contradiction is very stark. Does he protect Harper or the integrity of the RCMP. He has dedicated his career to the RCMP. Is he going to throw that away to protect the person currently in third place in the polls?