As this new election campaign kicks off, I've been hearing some rumbling in punditry that Stephen Harper in fact engineered his own defeat by tricking the opposition into voting down his government. This is a plausible thesis considering the lead the Tories have in the polls, leaving a lot of people scratching their heads wondering why the opposition would be so recklessly foolish triggering an election when they are so far behind. If the Tories win a majority, this "historic" contempt of Parliament vote will be forever viewed as one of the dumbest political blunders in Canadian history. The opposition might have done the Prime Minister a giant favour by forcing an early election, and it might be exactly what Stephen Harper wanted.
If you are not familiar with the "Rope-A-Dope", it was the strategy that Muhammad Ali used to beat George Foreman. He spent the first 7 rounds leaning back against the ropes letting Foreman punch himself out, then in the 8th round Ali went on the offensive and knocked him out.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee; your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see!"