Lawrence Martin nails it on the head and asks: is it just the natural Tory way?
Harper has squandered the good will of the people and the media. He must now try and implement the most controversial elements of his 5-point plan from a position of weakness, and his opponents sense it.
Harper needs to admit the mistake and deal with Emerson and Fortier. This isn't a "one-day superficial" issue.
This truly has become Harper's Miers.