Are you paying attention yet? You can be forgiven for tuning out the federal election.
Stephen Harper and his backroom boys have decided that this run off won't be about the issues. No. This election will be won by the party with the highest paid image makers.
See the new and improved Harper busy showing off his touchy, feely side for the cameras. No confusing this newfangled version for the clumsy control freak.
Confidently turned out by the backroom boys in beiges and light blues, the hard edges around too-sunken eyes seem softer all of a sudden.
Who needs to be reminded that the TSE plummeted another 500 points Tuesday? That our boys are dropping like flies propping up an ill-fated American war in Afghanistan? Does anybody remember Karlheinz Schreiber?
In the brave new world of internet technology, stories happen faster than they can be reported, gone before a distracted electorate even notices. Bleep. Flash. The plug has been pulled on participatory democracy.
Why bother? Beating up on pitiful Stephane Dion is more fun. Cue the pooping puffin ad. How funny. The frat boys from Animal House are running this puppy.
Can anyone trust the Ottawa media pundits anymore? Harper has ‘em all fooled. Can't touch this. Not Stephane. Not Jack. Certainly, not Gilles.
But maybe, just maybe, Elizabeth May. There is that hint that's been hanging in the air since day one about a Green-Lib alliance to defeat Tories in key battlegrounds.
May says it ain't so. But there may be too much at stake a few weeks from now for May to ignore the possibility. Perhaps a seat in a Liberal minority cabinet will be waiting?
Jack are you listening? There may be hope after all.