"It's an ethic of 'I am willing to burn the house down so I an down the lot,' explains Mike Casey, a veteran Democratic communications consultant based out of Virginia. "Stephen Harper is willing to burn the house down to own the lot. 'I will bring a gun to a knife fight. You can call foul while you're lying bleeding on the floor' - that is the kind of ethic.
Some might say he's Twyin Lannister, but I don't think that fits. Twyin was more about the brand than Harper has ever been.
No, if I were to peg Harper as one guy from Westeros, it'd be this one.
Trouble at our shores? Eco-terrorists, niqab, etc? Harper creates fights and then positions himself as the only one who can keep us safe from conflict. He divides and conquers with abandon, attempting to create and live by his own rules along the way (everything from cutting off the media to committee disruption manuals."
As his own messes grow, his tactics and pressure become more severe - because that's what it takes to keep winning.
And the climb, don't you know, is everything. Regardless of the fall.
How about the other guys? Who would you peg the other leaders as?