Harper's over-zealous approach effectively gives the Liberals the opportunity to choose their moment. The Liberals are already painting Harper as purposely plotting to engineer his own defeat. That point should be hammered home again and again, because that ambition isn't endearing and it contradicts all the Harper rhetoric. The Liberals on the other hand are positioning themselves as reluctant, but hardly impotent:
"The only excuse I think they would accept from us for why we had to go to the polls is that we had no choice, that there was something placed on the agenda that was unsupportable." Mark Holland....
Ralph Goodale said the Liberals "will not be snookered or bluffed when it comes to the throne speech."
"We'll look at the throne speech and see whether it passes muster once we've seen it. At the same time, we are not going to compromise ourselves on issues and concerns that we think are important and fundamental."
When you step back, the Liberals have the power of choice, contrasted with the salivating Prime Minister. All things considered, Harper's bullish stance might not translate the way he hoped. A litany of confidence questions only solidifies the idea of bully who doesn't understand the nature of a minority. As a matter of fact, if the Liberals keep echoing the same talking points, when they do decide to pull the plug, they may actually enjoy the high ground with a cynical public. In some respects, if played correctly, the "fish or cut bait" stance has handed the opposition an advantage, which first blush tends to omit.