The former political pundit from the CTV television network has always proven to be the most politically astute person in Ottawa and I get the impression that he has proven that.
I have been interested in Canadian politics since the mid 1970s and was an avid watcher of Question Period since I can remember. The senator always proved to be above generous in his observations, predictions and calculations.
But when Mike Duffy became Sen. Duffy, I was immediately embarrassed for P.E.I. when he spoke publicly. I was relieved when the expense scandal began because it diverted our attention from his foot-hungry mouth.
I wondered why the senator never defended himself beyond acting like an untrained neophyte caught up with the experienced big boys. I think that if he had come to his own defense, with a lawyer in tow of course, that he may have blown his opportunity to sue for nearly $8 million.
The most astute man in Ottawa would know all the fuzzy loopholes, the blowback, punishments and benefits. He would also know how to do as little work as possible - effectively retiring with at least a senator’s salary and pension.
What he would not know is that in his heyday, as the greatest political pundit in Canada, his reputation was not worth $7.8 million at that time. Not even close.