Campaigning, not governing

Jeffrey Simpson just throws this line away in today’s Globe: “There has been distressingly little of governing since the Martinites arrived, a strange state of affairs for a group that had so long to prepare.” Indeed; were it not for the sponsorship program scandal, the bulk of Paul Martin’s announcements would have been about upcoming candidates, floor-crossers, or various nomination-battle controversies. Between that and cutting out the embarrassing bits of the ancien régime, there’s been little else to my eyes.