The whole Bev Oda scandal could have been avoided if the Conservative Party simply had more confidence in conservatism.
Just imagine, for instance, if Oda had stood up in the House of Commons months ago and emphatically stated she was denying Kairos any government funds for one simple reason: it's wrong to use tax dollars to subsidize a private church group.
That's how a conservative would handle it.
Yes, denying Kairos funds in this manner would have triggered outrage from the Left, the media and the rest of the chattering classes.
But so what?
After all, that's what politics should be about -- debate.
And besides, the Conservatives could have easily won the PR battle on this. I doubt very much if the average Canadian voter wants to see his tax dollars funneled into some left-wing religious organization, especially given the country is burdened with a monstrous deficit.
But no, rather than taking an ideological stand the Conservatives tried to pass the buck by suggesting bureaucrats were against funding Kairos, even when that wasn't the case.
I guess they figured this would mute dissent.
If that's the case they sure miscalculated. The issue being debated now isn't about Kairos or about the wisdom of it receiving government funding, now the debate is all about the Tories blatantly undermining the integrity of the House of Commons.
That's a PR battle the Tories will lose.
And it all happened because for some reason the Conservatives don't want to be seen as too conservative or too ideological.
That's too bad.
Shakespeare wrote, "To thine own self be true."
That's a lesson the Conservatives should take to heart.
Maybe it's time for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to forget the PR gurus, forget the consultants and forget the spin doctors -- maybe it's time for Harper to simply act and govern like a true conservative.
Harper should be Harper.