I went to the PM's garden party for the press gallery. A few observations, in no particular order:
Harper's dropped some more weight. He looks much more fit than he did four years ago. He also looks exhausted.
No one seemed to take election speculation seriously. I don't either.
The uniformed cops at 24 Sussex are great with kids who scrape their knees. Thanks, guys.
The house at 24 Sussex needs a lot of work. Even the patios are clapped out and uneven. The grass could also use some weed and feed.
Media people still take Harper seriously as an ongoing concern as PM. The number of media heavies who came in from Toronto was a testament to that. You don't bother if you think the guy is lame duck.
Even with unlimited free booze, the Ottawa crowd is not exactly full of yucks. Not a good town for people who don't like shop talk. Fortunately, I find it interesting, most of the time.
Whoever plans the parties at 24 Sussex knows what kids like. I suspect there's some input from the Harper kids, who are adorable.
The speculation that went around town a couple of weeks ago that the Harper marriage is on the rocks is pretty much debunked, unless Laureen Harper is fifty times the actress Margaret Trudeau ever was.
Speaking of Trudeau, old PET is the only PM who seems to have left a mark on 24 Sussex, from the dreadful public art-style lawn sculptures to the ugly above-ground swimming pool building that's showing obvious signs of dry rot.
Women should not go to garden parties in 3" heels. It's a wonder there weren't more injuries.