I think their rationale must run along the lines of thinking that the Conservatives are their only real competition, and that if they scare them off, they'll have the election in the bag. Except... they've got actually a *couple* of actual opponents. So... it's probably going to backfire horribly in their faces (*knocks on wood* Oh, wait. That's particle board. *goes looking for wood, finds none in room, goes out into living room, knocks on coffee table, returns*).
But then I think: "That's all right. They *are* succeeding in making the
Also occasionally mocking Mulrooney. But that's just a side-benefit.