Today's Update: Don Martin says it all:
But blasting Stephane Dion's "puppet-on-a-string" leadership as the culprit smacks of cheapshot desperation. To condemn Mr. Dion for failing to operate Liberal senators by remote control does more to question the Senate's usefulness and bolster arguments about its uselessness than any Conservative argument for reform. It's not Mr. Dion's job to whip his senators into line and pass Conservative legislation on the government's timetable. It's not a sign of lousy leadership that he can't get supposedly independent- minded Liberals to follow his marching orders.Amen, brother Don. Amen. Recommend this Post
If the Conservative view of a perfect Senate is to serve as an echo chamber for the government's agenda, let's just abolish the damn thing now and save a pile of money and time.