Professor Tom Flanagan and I have had our disagreements in the past.
The former campaign manager for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Flanagan believed the Conservative Party needed to push "incremental" conservatism, whereas I took the position that the party should stress more of an aggressive conservative vision.
Anyway, it seems Flanagan and I are starting to sing from the same hymn book.
In an update of his book Harper's Team, he argues the Prime Minister needs to rebuild his reputation.
Flanagan writes there is now a widespread impression "that [Harper] stands for nothing in particular, except winning and keeping power” in Ottawa.
“This is a major loss for a political leader ... once seen as a man of conviction," writes Flanagan. "How long will voters continue to support someone who is thought to be mainly a cunning tactician, especially if a run of mistakes makes him seem not even particularly cunning?”
That's an excellent point.
Of course, it's a point I made more than two years ago.