When he was running for the leadership of the party in whose name he just appointed a historic 18 unelected, unaccountable and undemocratic Senators, Stephen Harper said:
“I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people they represent.”
Of course, this appalling reversal - on the very same day he appoints a judge to the Supreme Court with no committee vetting process as he had so often promised in the past - is how Stephen Harper ends his worst year since becoming Prime Minister.
But it's not Harper’s worst year just because of his election which failed to produce a majority and the promised ‘big Quebec breakthrough’.
It’s not his worst year just because the great economist has missed all the cues of a historic recession.
It's not even his worst year just because a fractured opposition has been forced into unity against him.
It's been Stephen Harper's worst year simply because he waited until 2008 to make all of his worst mistakes. He called a snap election at the wrong time, breaking his own fixed election law.
After kissing up to Quebecers for years he betrayed his tin-ear to the province with far-right politics like attacking cultural industries and a heavy-handed plan to lock up 14 year olds.
He promised cooperation with the opposition and to make the economy job one but instead tabled a Economic Statement which economists called a farce.
He hypocritically called the opposition parties "undemocratic" for planning to replace his government when he had made the exact same plans four years earlier.
And now in spite of his March 2004 promise to "not name appointed people to the Senate" he has done just that: appointing 18 to jobs-for-life on the $95 million gravy train.
When you stop taking the things you say seriously it’s usually a good sign that others should think to do the same.
In 2009, Conservatives should take a good hard look in the mirror and ask themselves if Stephen Harper really is the best they have to offer Canada.