Liberals are just giving it to Dion in this campaign.
Day after day the story on the Liberals is how miserable their campaign is.
On Wednesday, the Globe ran an article about how the Liberals were pretty much claiming defeat. The title is harsh enough, "Liberals shift focus to 'living for another day'" but here are some excerpts that you know just gotta hurt:
Usually at this point in a successful campaign, however, there is thought given to forming a transition team.
Senator David Smith, one of the co-chairs of the Liberal campaign, said yesterday that he wasn't “going to get into it” when asked about transition...
Another senior campaign strategist burst out into laughter when asked about whether there had been any thinking as to a transition team.
“It wasn't even in my vocabulary or my brain,” said the strategist, suggesting the Liberals are trying to hold what they have...
One candidate is demoralized as he hears from former Liberal voters, “I'm not really sure about this Stéphane Dion.”
The senior campaign staffer there says they are emphasizing “the team” over the leader.
And after five hours of door-knocking over the weekend in his riding north of Toronto, a Liberal incumbent candidate heard complaints about his leader from 80 per cent of those he spoke to.
“[The candidate] is very discouraged and says that the only thing that may help him is that he is not identified as a Liberal and can run on his personal popularity,” a campaign insider said.
Quebec, according to some Liberals, is a “disaster.” The Liberals have 11 of the 75 seats.
And in British Columbia, Liberals are concerned about the rise of the Green Party and the credibility that Mr. Dion has given to its leader, Elizabeth May. Those who like a carbon tax will support Ms. May, whose platform is much stronger on the issue, the Liberals fear.
Ouch. Thank you anonymous staffer who "burst out into laughter" at the idea that the Liberals would form government. You have provided me with some laughter yourself.
My suggestion for Dion and the gang is along the lines of what former Liberal Party President Stephen LeDrew has in mind to enliven the out-of-touch, teetering on irrelevant Liberal Party: a sound "drubbing" in this election. But, it's cool with me if the Liberals don't get back up again as LeDrew predicts they will. Crossing my fingers for this eventuality in fact. But alas, Canadians will decide their fate.
And before any Liberals accuse me of helping Harper by suggesting that it would be great if the Liberal Party got their asses handed to them by Canadians, go read this. I am done arguing with you on your favourite Liberal talking point. I will be sending you to that link to argue with Scott Piatkowski, who has generously offered to shut you up with smartass answers, instead. I am actually considering posting his "snappy answers" down one of the columns of my blog.