- I feel for the researcher who had to have listened to tons of right-wing speeches from around the world and somehow picked up on the similarities between the two.
- I'm sure it is no coincidence that Michael Ignatieff does the economy stuff and Bob Rae does the "Look at how scary and extreme Harper is- he supported the Iraq war" stuff.
- It's highly likely that Lippert and Howard's speechwriter just ripped off the same Bush talking points. As if they don't have like a worldwide neo-con listserve that sends those things around.
- There's nothing much else to say that hasn't been said in a gazillion different ways by the MSM, other bloggers, or the busy pundits over on the Macleans blogs. This one has been pundited to death.
Award for best quip on Conservative plagiarism goes to Brad Lavigne, NDP campaign spokesperson (as heard on Mike Duffy Live):
"I think now we know why Mr. Harper doesn't have his platform out. They're waiting for the Australian Liberal party to finish writing it."