...and, let's admit it, it's got to feel good to be Stephen Harper right now. No matter how hard you kick the Liberals, they don't seem to fight back. Harper declared Kyoto dead yesterday, and the only thing the Liberals could think of was somehow finding a way to avoid bringing the election. Hint: When the Tories are all saying Dion isn't a leader, doesn't have leadership material, etc., try and find way to prove them wrong, not right. Leadership isn't throwing yourself in front of a train: Harper, the NDP, and the Bloc are all willing to go to the polls, and trying to stop that at this point isn't going to make you look good. Meanwhile, taking a stand and killing the Throne Speech on the principle of, well, any of the things that Harper said (stuff about Kyoto being only the most egregious) would have actually been an act of leadership.
But now the Liberals have the worst of all worlds. We're probably headed in to an election, but the Liberals have already signalled that they're desperately afraid of one and willing to let the Bloc and the NDP take the lead in killing the 39th Parliament. I just don't think that the Liberals are going to put voters in the mood for change if the only thing they can say is "well, we didn't want an election..."