Stephen Harper quite understandably gloats this weekend at five years in power.
Those have been five lost years for the Liberal Party. Five years squandered, adrift, no land in sight.
Harper is as he ever was - comfortably ahead of any Liberal rival. Sure he remains in a minority but he's become quite adept at playing inept opposition leaders in order to get his way. If he stays leader long enough, if the Liberals stay in the hole they've carved out for themselves, he might just get a majority - eventually.
Who knows? Maybe the Liberals are content to keep Mr. Harper or a successor in power for the next five years, maybe even five years after that. God knows they've done bugger all to unseat him.
Maybe a Harper majority is the only way to get Liberals to act liberal again. Maybe a big Tory win would force the Liberal hierarchy to pull their thumbs out of their asses, restore progressivism to the party and present badly needed policies that would resonate with the electorate.
Maybe the worst thing for the Liberal party would be more Conservative minority governments. The Liberal brand clings to life but it isn't what it was five years ago and it's nothing like what it was ten years back. It's in serious decline and another five years of flailing about uselessly will only bring it closer to irrelevance in the public mind.
You Libs have had five years of management by schoolboys. Isn't it time you found somebody with teeth and fists who's not afraid to use them?