Since Stephen Harper's election two years ago, I've been telling anybody who will listen (a lucky handful!) that Harper is an amalgam of Richard Nixon and Mackenzie King--in his faux populism, in his achingly obvious inferiority complex, in his envious hatred of the "Eastern Establishment", in his raging paranoia, in his out-of-control need for total control, and in the rebarbative gaucherie of his public persona.
So I confess to having had Nixonian visions when the article described Sparrow this way:
The public face of the Conservative Party as it battles through an election spending controversy is a 26-year-old political science graduate from Edmonton: a young partisan described by one senior Tory as so loyal that he'd "literally ... take a bullet" for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Let's see. A young, fanatically driven ideological gladiator who is willing to do anything and suffer anything in the execution of his boss' agenda...
Where have we seen that guy before?