For those Stephen Harper fans here in B.C., life has become a big contradiction.
Most align themselves quite comfortably with Gordon Campbell of the right-side B.C. Liberals (a close relative of the long-departed SoCred Party). Their mortal enemy remains the red-underwear wearing BC NDP.
In their current battles against their provincial rivals, the BC Libs (which include a mix of federal Liberals, CONservatives and even far-right Christian Heritagers) wave the big flag in support of Campbell's Carbon Tax. They'll cash their $100 cheque in the coming weeks as tho it was a valued BRIC share.
But by night, donning their Harper fan club issued 'CON-Head cap', they denounce Stephane Dion's Carbon Shift plan, which includes a reduction in income tax plus a plethora of tax credits which almost replicate Harper's own tax-credit mania from a few years back.
No discussing the issue with a straight face, however. Incendiary images and bluster only, please. Canadians who support the CONs expect nothing but.
Perhaps their biggest secret fear is that their 'so-called leader' will do one of his 180-spins and try to combat Dion's plan with a faux carbon tax of his own. Don't laugh -- many CON supporters were assuring their elder relatives that their Income Trust accounts were safe under Heir Harper.
They line up on the blogs to post 'Dion is the Devil!' and 'Tax Grab!' crib notes, while filing into Campbell's phone cubicles to pump up the benefits of a Carbon Tax.
If they were true CONs, perhaps they'd stand by their principles and rip up their cheques.
But we've come to expect nothing consistent from this gang that has lost its chess pieces...