Musings —09.27.2012 12:21 PM—
Sets up my Sunday Sun column, nicely, however. Free snippet:
Among Liberals, there isn’t much dispute that the cabal of staffers who did the work, the Conservative Research Group (CRG), did their jobs very well. CRG helped remove Paul Martin from power, and made mincemeat of Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. They folded, spindled, and mutilated successive Liberal leaders – and policies – with brutal efficiency.
Since obtaining a Parliamentary majority, the CRG kill machine has gone napping. They have barely taken note of the selection of Angry Tom Mulcair as leader of the New Democrats. They have done nothing to maul Mulcair in the way that they mauled Martin, Dion and Ignatieff. As a result, successive polls have shown the NDP at, or near, Conservative Party support levels.
A very senior Harper-circle thinker recently acknowledged that the Conservatives have, indeed, cooled it on the daily campaign stuff. The reason? Finally securing a Parliamentary majority. That, and staffer fatigue. “It was exhausting,” said this fellow, who would know. “But they’ll be back.”