The death of the coalition I can live with. But the death of coalition analogies? That's like, like...well, I can't think of what that's like, but I'm sure these pundits and politicians could:
Don Newman (Monday): "The NDP are like that student who made a prom date in March and now, come May, he's not really sure that they're still going together."
(Monday exchange on Newsworld)
John McCallum: "We're not identical twins."
Suhana Meharchand: "But you could be first cousins, right?"
Thomas Mulcair: "It's a marriage of convenience."
Chantal Hebert (Monday): "But now that it has been let out of the bottle, the coalition genie will not vanish into thin air."
Chantal Hebert (same article): "To make their coalition work in the current House of Commons, the NDP and the Liberals had no choice but to force it into a parliamentary straitjacket whose straps lay in the hands of a third party."
Chantal Hebert (still the same article): "What could be a creative manifestation of the parliamentary system will become a politically forbidden fruit."
Jeffrey Simpson (Tuesday): "Like a bad one-night stand, it was regretted almost immediately."
Jeffrey Simpson (same article): "It was, therefore, a marriage of three..."
Jeffrey Simpsons (still the same article): "Since then, he has brandished the coalition weapon as though it were a wet noodle."
Aaron Wherry (Wednesday): Jack Layton sounds a bit like a 16-year-old who just got dumped by his girlfriend.
Chronicle Herald (Thursday): “Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff blew up the bridge that bound him to the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois and dug a tunnel to the Tories instead.”
Chronicle Herald (same editorial): “It was a cattle prod with which to force Stephen Harper to massively intervene in the economy.”
Chronicle Herald (still same editorial): “The coalition was also a pitchfork with which to ward off Mr. Harper’s partisan scheming.”
Chronicle Herald (yup…same editorial): “It was nothing but a wobbly sawhorse.”
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