Much has been made of the Harper Government's use of provocateurs to get opposition pols to disclose their true feelings on the issues.
I see little that can be considered Nixonian in all this, yes it's crass and cynical as well as cheap but something to get exorcised about? Sorry I just can't see it.
What I do see worth getting worked up about is the notion that politicians need to be "tricked" in to expressing their true feelings on a matter, any matter and that when they do deign to share those opinions with us it is considered a gaffe.
Shouldn't lying to us and hiding their true thoughts be considered the "gaffe"?
Shouldn't that be where our outrage is directed?
Shouldn't we demand more of those we elect?
We have come to consider being lied to by our so called leaders as normal, all part of the game. As with many other things we have come to accept from our elected officials we must accept our portion of the blame.
How many times have we jumped all over a politician for having the temerity to tell us the truth. Express an opinion contrary to the party's and that is labelled dissent as opposed to debate.
While party discipline is a major factor here, so too is how we react when pols commit these so called gaffes. It perhaps would serve us better if we saved our outrage for when we are lied to and celebrate those rare occasions where we are permitted the truth whether intended or not