It's interesting to watch everyone in Ottawa recalibrate the political landscape in the wake of the last federal election. Obviously, things have changed dramatically, so an adjustment is warranted, in terms of which party gets focus, the coverage pecking order, conversations about relative "irrelevance". Keeping it real, there is simply no way around the "decimated Liberals" narrative, that's what happened and the consequences are sobering.
However, within this new reality, I'm now sensing an over reach, wherein people have exaggerated the narrative. The Liberals are not "dead", the Liberals are not "irrelevant", at least not yet. If you want to argue such, then perhaps a history lesson is in order. Were the NDP dead after the 2008 election, where they received LESS popular vote than the 2011 Liberals? Were the NDP "irrelevant" when they were the FOURTH party in Parliament, farther down the pecking order? Seems a bit of relativist distortion, rather than a true recognition of Parliamentary makeup. Again, by no means trying to elevate the Liberals, it's a dire position, but I'm also sensing a bit of over compensation now, which is subjective punditry.
I can recall MANY times that Layton would get the soundbite over Ignatieff or Dion in the newscasts. I never had a problem with this coverage, because it was more to do with who had the effective line, rather than simply a concrete hierarchy based on seats. That said, this new Ottawa seems to be consumed with ensuring that the 2011 results are solely reflective. I'm sure the NDP braintrust is pressing hard to ensure the party gets coverage they now legitimately demand. The spin game might help explain this disturbing "irrelevant" characterization.
The Liberals are the third party in Parliament. The Liberals are, in many ways, what the NDP used to be in terms of makeup (again go look at 2008, the seat totals are similar as well). Now, I don't recall media types positing that the NDP should be ignored, even though they actually had a lower fourth place status. So, in the interest of fair coverage, balance and intellectual honestly, can we all just dispense with this irresponsible over compensation? Incorporate the new realities, but don't swing so wildly that you forget historical context and 3 million of us that voted for the dead people.