Sometimes I wonder whether Stephen Harper, or his handlers, need some serious therapy. They seem hell-bent to make sure they're hated by the Parliamentary Press Gallery. I'll be among the first to say the gallery has, over the generations, become insular and sometimes ineffective, but it also has some of the best journalists in the country and is capable of greatness. It can't make or un-make governments, but it certainly contributes to the process.
What, then, explains the bone-headed decision by the Harper bunker-brain trust to forbid reporters' questions during tomorrow's visit of Arnold Schwarzeneger? Just what, exactly, is that supposed to prove? And what does it make us -- all Canadians -- look like in front of the California delegation? It smacks of some sort of third-world state, rather than a G* society in the information age.
George Bush thought he could alienate the lame-o White House press corps. He believed he could talk over them and deal directly with the public.
He was wrong. So's Harper.