All dressed up and nowhere to go.
Expanding on a point knb made in another thread, CBC was reporting that the Tories have effectively mothballed the "Fear Factory". Ramped up, ready to roll, just a couple weeks ago, the Tories now prepare to cool their jets. What is particularly striking, the co-relation between the polls and the Conservatives posture. I thought Stephen Harper governed on principle, polls weren't even a consideration. Cough, hack.
If anyone caught Question Period today, they may have noticed the Prime Minister appeared decidedly sullen, clear off his game. I was trying to figure out what his body language meant, and I actually thought about the polls. Later, I hear that the war room will collect dust and his mood made sense.
I believe the plan went as follows. Release a feel good budget, with a strong emphasis on expanding support. Hammer Dion as ineffective and weak. Release a revamped environmental policy to neutralize the achilles heel and then engineer a non-confidence vote, riding the wave of increased support. Up until a couple weeks ago, everything seemed to be moving Harper's way. However, the polls, which Harper actually follows religiously, have shown, no bounce, zero momentum and little chance of a majority. How depressing, you've spent billions of dollars on announcement after announcement, you've appeased Quebec, you've held election readiness conferences, opened up your state of the art facility, ran unprecedented preamble attack ads and you get nothing for your trouble.
It must be disheartening to focus all your energy on a singular goal and then have to face the realization that you've failed. What now? When will conditions be so favorable? Dion has nowhere to go but up, you spent all the money and you can't even call yourself "new" anymore. Back to square one, and Harper knows it, if my instincts are correct. Last one out of the fear factory, turn out the lights.