Well, perhaps the Harpobots have turned the page on all that shrill and reckless fearmongering about coalitions, especially given Harper's hypocrisy. No doubt they'll keep the armies of Attack ParrotsTM busy with a daily diet of coalition hysteria, but the ShrillHarper meme is there for that.
Let's update, my progressive friends. Modest suggestion in this regard: the quality of Stephen Harper's character.
Seriously, apart from Conservative Party partisans and paid trolls (oh, and how's that astroturfy, Craigslisty thing workin' out for ya?), is there anything good about it? This is a tiny, nasty, hateful man. For as long as he's been in public life, he's displayed nothing but vindictiveness, disdain for Canada's traditions of community and generosity, and a bitter partisan streak that verges on the pathological. The past few days have provided us with plenty of examples of that – not that we were in danger of running out.
Can anyone imagine this guy reaching out to his opponents? Has he ever acknowledged that people who disagree with him might have a point? Is there anything at the core of this guy's soul other than simple meanness of spirit? Hell, I'll even throw in the Dubya test: could you see yourself sitting down and having a beer with this guy?
All through Conservative campaign strategy (and communication strategy when they're, um, governing), there's a not-so-subtle theme of exclusion and condescension, coupled with painstakingly crafted dog-whistles, all conveying the message: those who don't agree with us aren't Real Canadians. Ask about Afghan detainees and you're smeared for not standing with the troops. (Two words: Pat Stogran.) Question the revision of citizenship guides calculated to send coded messages about demonizing brown people with funny names, and you're suddenly on the side of barbaric honour killings. Speak up in favour of the gun registry or the census and you're an arrogant downtown elitist, out of touch with Real Canadians.
Nothing but wedge issues, distractions, fearmongering and manufactured controversy. Hypocrisy, ethical scandals and contempt. No aspirations beyond being George W. Bush's waterboy. No commitment to overcoming differences. No acknowledgment that government can play a positive role in improving the lives of its citizens. No conception of stewardship. No generosity of spirit.
What a small man. What a sad and limited view of the world. What a pathetic excuse for a leader.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your meme machines.
(Update: h/t Lorne.)