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stop me if you've heard this one before...

i'm beginning to think that the liberal party of canada is taking competitiveness to a new extreme. just when they finally had their chief opponents caught in a bit of a scandal, they manage to do one better. the conservatives dumped a candidate who's up on smuggling charges earlier this week, but now the liberals have dumped a candidate of their own, because he tried to interfere in the election by offering his new democratic opponent a job if he would quit the race and support the liberals. it's like they were afraid that the tories had taken the spotlight off them with their scandal and felt compelled to regain their title as the campaign's leading arse-heads.

sometimes, when a party is down, it seems like they really can't do anything to get back up. everything they try just makes it worse. the conservative party in 1993 was like that, culminating in their boneheaded attempt to convince canadians that, regardless of policies, they shouldn't vote for the liberals because their leader's face was partially paralysed (how i wish i was making that up). now you have the liberals, whose chief reason for wanting to ban handguns is probably because it might stop them from shooting themselves in the foot. every day, something seems to surface that makes you wonder exactly how they've managed to run the government at a surplus. next thing you know, you'll be hearing about them running pointless, negative ads with highly dubious information... oh, wait... they did.

how in the world did they think that wouldn't come back to haunt them?

this all strikes me as more funny than sad, only because i still believe that neither one of them is going to be handed absolute power by the electorate (i.e., a majority government). so at least when one of them is given the driver's seat, someone else is going to be holding the map.

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