The Watchmen are watching the Watchmen whilst running amok, except when they are averting their eyes.
Like Watching Spartacus
The Senate appears less a sober, second chamber and more a hedonistic Roman orgy, thick fingers dipping into public purses with impunity, making up the rules as they go along, crucifying some and worshipping others; no paperwork, no muss, no fuss. It is an honour system without the honour. It is an aphorism - an anachronism that doesn't know and cannot even suspect that it is obsolete.
Squirming in the Net
And to watch the endless parade of plutocrats squirm in this dragnet is not an easy thing.
- To watch them twist the definition of honourable into its doppelganger and then wear it on their lapels like a wilted rose demands the greatest of naivete.
- To listen to their irrational logic one might surmise they believe themselves omnipotent, and that their statements are true because they have had life breathed into them.
- To watch them turn on each other like jackfish in a barrel is wondrous and sad at the same time.
Lawyers are used for gentleman's agreements, $90K cheques are written, reports are whitewashed; it all seems to be done by some secret cabal at the very height of government, right under the nose of the Prime Minister, making secret deals, compounding illegal and unethical actions in order to protect each other, claiming honour yesterday and shame today, obuscating the truth and hiding behind any shield in the storm.
A good example from Erin Wherry: Maclean’s exclusive: David Tkachuk on Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright and the Senate
Q: … no, more specifically, regardless of whether there was an agreement, was it ever suggested to you that you should treat him differently? Did Nigel ever suggest that you should go easy on Mike Duffy?
A: No. I mean, you’ve got to remember I would have been having a number of discussions with Nigel, I had a few of them. He didn’t tell me to do anything, really. We discussed Mike and the situation that he was in. I mean, the Prime Minister’s Office was very concerned about this. They don’t like this scandal going on. It was hurting us politically. And I didn’t like it going on, but he never said, he never told me to whitewash anything or to let him off the hook or anything like that.
This senate/PMO collusion is a swirling vortex of scandal, privilege and excess, each player beholden to his or her teammates for their station, all the while coached by the Prime Minister (sometimes players are cut from the team or demoted to the farm team).
The senate is out of control, out of touch and out of time.