That's right Liblogs and Progblogs and whoever else - I frankly no longer care if we stop Stephen Harper and the Conservatives from getting a majority.
No self-respecting Liberal should. I see others saying that if the NDP is the way to stop Harper, then so be it, we should welcome that. I disagree, heartily. I think at this point, Liberals should realize that our Party is in a major crisis and we need to pull out of it, before we allow ourselves to become more irrelevant than we ever would be under a Conservative majority - being regulated to third party status is not anything close to a good idea.
I don't like Harper anymore than other people, but I realize that the man is not the worst thing in the world. He is an idiot, something of a bigot, and I do worry about the direction our country would take under his reign. But I realize all these things as a Liberal, and I want to stop them as a Liberal, because I realize that it is our Party that has the right ideas, temperment, and yes, leadership, to provide what it is that this country needs. That's why I've spent my time volunteering for the Liberals, that's why I donate to them. I didn't sign up just to let the bloody NDP, who I will say once again, I will never vote for, take our spot.
Screw the "Orange Wave," screw stopping Harper - I want this Party to survive and not drift into even more irrelevancy, and end up like the UK's Lib Dems. I sure as hell don't want the NDP candidate in my riding, who brought up freakin' Rockefeller conspiracies during the local debates, to be seen as the main option to take out the Conservatives, because he sure ain't - the Liberals are. This is what we must push. The Liberals are the best and brightest option if you want opposition to Harper. Not the NDP. Plainly put.
Let Harper have his majority - I never understood why everyone was so afraid of a man who would likely be there for one term and wouldn't likely change a heck of a lot. I disagree with the guy on policy and direction, but he will not destroy the country. Just because he has a majority doesn't mean he'll have free reign - remember that we do have checks and balances on our government, nevermind the fact that the provinces would pretty much oppose the guy at almost every turn if he decided to go too far.
No, we must focus on retaining the Liberal Party's spot in this country's political order. If we ever want a shot at government again, its imperative that we do. Otherwise we might as well just pack up the thing right now. And as I said, I will not vote or support the NDP, and I will not support a merged political entity that gives more power to the NDP. I have major doubts I'd support an NDP-led coalition. After all, what the Hell makes people think Jack Layton is better than Harper? Just because he's a social democrat, doesn't mean he'll not wreck this country any less - in fact, I'd put more faith in Jack screwing things up than Harper. This doesn't leave someone like me, and there are many of us out there, with many options, does it?
Get behind the Liberals now, or get off the bus. Simply put. Even it means I'm going down with the ship, well, fuck the lot of ya - I'll be glad to. I refuse to let Jack Layton push us into irrelevancy, even if you will.