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There's bound to be some partisan teeth-gnashing and finger-pointing after today's revelation that Stephen Harper approached the NDP
over a two year deal to support the Conservatives crumbly minority.
Liberals are bound to point out the irony, and dyed-in-the-wool conservatives will get all jittery about the encroaching red menace. Both miss the point.
Ideological political parties are dinosaurs. We live in an age of low party identification and mediated politics. Successful parties are electoral
parties- that is, the ones that are able to cobble together the most attractive collection of policies every four years. Hence the remarkable success of the Liberal Party. They're a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll, so they attract the greatest number of voters across old ideological distinctions.
So, is Harper selling out? Is he playing a cynical game? Probably, but his attempts to woo the NDP aren't part of his rat-like politics. In approaching the NDP, Harpy is demonstrating a little political maturity. If he ever wants to form a majority, he'll need to oust the Liberals from the political centre. And that means playing nice with the lefties. Ending Liberal political supremacy means, essentially, becoming the Liberal party. And nobody is better at being Liberal than the Liberals.