As conservatives gaze into the abyss that is the NDP, they should remember that the abyss gazes back also.
What sunk Thomas Mulcair and Greg Selinger this month was an existential confusion over precisely what the heck their parties stood for.
And it isn't so much the not knowing what you stand for that appears to be the problem. If you can be OK with your left hand not knowing what your right hand is doing, you can still win big in Canadian politics.
But it's also why the similarly addled Manitoba Liberals did better than they have done in anyone's living memory, not letting a little thing like having their leader lose her seat get in the way of tripling their seat count.
By contrast the NDP took the news of their impending demise very, very seriously. Instead of joyfully proclaiming to the world that they had the courage to raise taxes (which I identified as a possible path back to power for them in the same column I referenced above) they shamefacedly accepted every charge laid by the Manitoba PCs.
Such is the fate of any political party that accepts their fate as dictated by polls and public opinion. That goes double for any conservative party thinking that a Liberal provincial or federal government will buckle as easily as the NDP is currently doing.
And it goes triple for the smug commentariat claiming that the Leap Manifesto is the NDP's death rattle. You would think, being conservatives, that they would recognize a Trump Moment when they see one.
Because -- as I also predicted -- that's exactly what the NDP is about to undergo. Reduced to an embattled single government in Alberta -- which I'm not counting out just yet either, by the way -- the beleaguered, visibly distraught NDP is ripe for a takeover by their most radical factions, just like the similarly bedraggled Republican Party down south.
The Leap Manifesto, for all its toxic crazy, is an authentic "Leap" of faith for the New Democrats. As others have noted, it will force the party to make a choice between blue-collar populist union rank and file and the intellectual social justice warrior elite.
Once that question is settled, there will be no more crisis of conscience plaguing the NDP.
So, enjoy the NDP's reckoning while you can, and then hope that Canada's right wing sorts itself out before the socialist tide rises again.