A recent Probit survey explored how Canadians viewed the upcoming election. One part asked respondents what they considered the most important issue in the runoff.
Harper's trump card - national security and terrorism - scored a massively underwhelming 4.8%. Uh-oh, doesn't look like we're especially afraid this time. Harper's other strong suit, crime and punishment, came in at just 1.7%.
The economy - growth and jobs - where Harper doesn't have any bragging rights these days was first at 22.1%. I'm not sure that he can count on getting all that much of that 22%.
Where Harper is likely facing a shut out is on the second and third ranked issues, income inequality and climate change and the environment at 18.7 and 18.6% respectively. Those are followed up by social issues such as health and education, another Harper tar pit, at 15.6%.
The overall picture is that everything we the people care about are things Harper doesn't. Everything Harper wastes his time beating his chest about are the things we care least about.
Oh, Stevie boy - watch out, the wheels are coming off!