The PMO claimed no photos had been removed, and even issued talking points to MPs and supporters citing The Canadian Press story as "false." Prominent party supporters claimed the site was simply undergoing routine technical revisions.
"When it comes down to it, though, the real decision is inevitable: if one of us has to be destroyed, let's make damned sure we're the ones alive at the end."
There's the view from the inside out - call it political geocentrism, but it naturally applies to all institutions, all individuals. We are, after all, only human.
There's the view from the outside in; the fishbowl effect where we see the actions of caged beasts, or forces afar and judge by what we see because we can't really know what's going on in the heads of The Other. That's human, too.
For all the claims of his unmatched strategic genius, his personal petulance or his robot-like personality, our Prime Minister and his court are human, too. He may think himself a king among men, but like any leader, the truth is he's just another piece on the board.
All the attempts at message control, attack-ad suppressing fire and the like are being played out on a very small field.
Which, as always, means that those who see themselves as writing history are missing the big picture.
It's a frightening one. We're entering a period of global winter that has to do with a lot more than climate change.
The insular, self-assured survivors aren't insulating themselves from what's coming - they're causing it, or at least are part of the cause. Without knowing it. Without understanding the context.
Because there is no us and them. There is us. And, like a snake biting it's own tail, we cannot destroy The Other; we can only defeat ourselves.
But that's not the only choice. Merely the obvious one.