I love election time.
There are those who say that having two federal elections in the course of 18 months is waste of taxpayers' money, but I have to disagree. Where else are you going to find such good value for your entertainment dollar? So nobody is governing the nation, what else is new?
And at this point in the campaign is when things really start to get interesting.
This is when the attack ads start.
Things heated up with the instantly infamous Liberal ad:
"Stephen Harper actually announced he wants to increase military presence in our cities. Canadian cities. Soldiers with guns. In our cities. We did not make this up"
Scary, eh? Trouble is, they did make it up. They've since pulled it, but they have similar ones running. One suggests that Harper made secret alliances with Bush officials, and ends with the words "A Harper victory will put a smile on George W. Bush's face".
Oh it's grand.
The Tory attack ads are actually disappointingly lame - the most prominent showing a red balloon with Martin's face on it (making him looks like he's ready for a major coronary) slowing deflating. Sadly lame and lacking in vigour, that ad.
The Conservatives did score with a spoof ad, based on the soldiers in the street ad. (See? political spoofs are not just for Rick Mercer anymore; even politicians are spoofing politicians now, and I for one think the world is a better place for it.)
Here's the Tory spoof ad:
"Stephen Harper has a dog. You know who else had a dog? Hitler. Adolph Hilter. That's who. Did Stephen Harper train his dog to attack racial minorities on command? We don't know. He's not saying."
Okay so maybe not all Conservatives are dour, homophobic, anally-retentive racists. Some of them are actually quite funny.
Bonus points for naming the source of the title of this post. Aw c'mon, you know this one.