The latest eruption of the Manning political controversy volcano is evidence of many things. Not the least is that Premier Paul Davis and his team have a monumental problem in their organization. It’s the one that steps in to manage political crises. Davis and his crew don’t have one.
So far, they’ve let Judy Manning wander in front of cameras, call radio open line shows, and continue to do everything in her power to defend herself and justify her actions. She did all of that on Thursday, starting with VOCM’s Fred Hutton, followed by a call to Open Line with Paddy Daly and finishing up with an interview on NTV.
Manning gave reporters a couple of e-mails that showed she had, in fact, submitted a couple of draft decisions. Everything else has been a personal attack on her. Manning even managed to get in a slam at James McLeod from the Telegram over a piece he did a while ago that showed Manning hadn’t finished her master’s program.
All that probably makes Manning feel really good. It’s possible that the great minds at the Confederation Building think that Judy is doing the right thing. The Conservatives have got a record of handling political problems in this way. The reality is that they are just making the whole thing worse.