The apologists main line of defence, regarding the Cadman affair, rehash what the Liberals did, Stronach, Grewal, etc. Even if you accept the comparison, in my view, it only serves as proof of Conservative hypocrisy. Remember, this is the party that ran on moral superiority, a return to honesty and ethical standards. The dirty Liberals, mired in scandal, a craven group that would do anything to hold power, abusing their privilege, betraying the public trust. The Conservatives were different, with pius zeal, thrusting themselves onto the pedestal.
At the very least, what we have learned, sketchy ethical lines are not a partisan domain. Conservatives must come to grips with a harsh reality, they are no better, possibly worse, than the crazen Liberals, of which they despise. The more people bring up the Liberal past, the more they acknowledge that their own party plays by similar rules, are equally as suspect.
A tough pill to swallow, because really the banner was always about accountability, clean government, high standards. Corruption was the domain of others, allowing for some false sense of superiority, tsk, tsk. It has to be hard for Conservative supporters, coming to grips with reality, they are not the moralists, the white knights pure as snow. No, in arguing that the Liberals did things, they also must confront the fact that their party rolls in the mud with the best of them.
Patronage appointments, dodgy financial election tactics, scandal, the pursuit of power at all costs, no longer specific to a hated entity, but clearly a bi-partisan condition. What a painful revelation, no longer can supporters cling to the illusion, the moral arrogance evaporated, mere men of questionable character, forced to use past Liberal deeds as justification for the same. Ouch.