Conservative cynicism

If Scott Brison’s defection to the Liberals is, in Peter MacKay’s words, “a completely cynical, manipulative move,” then what do we call (1) making a deal with David Orchard that emphatically rejects a merger with the Canadian Alliance in order to ensure your own leadership victory and then (2) merging with the Canadian Alliance a few months later? I don’t think MacKay can claim any sort of moral high ground on this point.

Update: I swear to God, I did not read this before writing the above.