I watched a political roundtable today involving party representatives debating various themes. MP Ruby Dhalla was the Liberal voice for the discussion. During the debate Dhalla articulated the now standard Liberal line in reference to the NDP(paraphrasing)- "The NDP criticizes the government polices, but their own actions leading up to the last election allowed the right-wing to take control". Whether or not there is merit in blaming the NDP for this government is now completely irrelevant.
Canadians won't respond positively to re-hashing the past, in a way that invariably comes across as whinny and bitter. I understand the desire for Liberals to attack the NDP, simply as a function of political survival. However, as a matter of strategy, I don't see any advantage in this tactic. Policy differentiation, an appeal to the true majority opinion, are the avenues that best serve the Liberal brand. There is a certain confidence, that is attractive, by merely making your case. Attack the Harper agenda, contrast it with your own and forget about trying to paint the NDP as faciliator. That soundbite might have worked in the early weeks of this government, but now it just looks tired, and more alarming, feeds the argument that the Liberal Party is an empty shell that lacks ideas.
I get tired of listening to Layton turn every issue into a referendum on the Liberal Party. I feel the exact same way when Liberals fail to articulate valid criticism and instead choose the blame game. Is there anyone who really thinks this is a winning agenda? If you ask me, it just confirms the reasoning that led to the downfall in the first place. Let's move on shall we.