Political journalists have long been accused of the "gotcha" - blindsiding a politician with an ambush question to get a sexy story. Whether that's a fair accusation or not, it hardly seems necessary these days: the politician are getting themselves, with a little help from partisan bloggers.
Week 3 of the campaign is just underway and past Internet musings have claimed two more candidates (a second one from the NDP and one from the Tories) and forced another (a Liberal) to defend herself for her onine essays. The Conservative and NDP candidates resigned before the mainstream press even had much of a chance to pounce, so that new candidates could take their place.
Things get a bit more serious now though. With the passing of the candidate nomination filing deadline, the parties are locked in to their current slate of candidates - they can drop out but can't be replaced.
P.S. HE'S BAAAACK: The former Conservative candidate, Chris Reid, has returned to the pologosphere following his exit from the campaign. His first return post puts to rest earlier claims that he quit the race because he didn't want to commit to four years in Ottawa:
This is where political correctness has gotten in this country - a Conservative Party that is affraid to proudly be conservative, and a media that can't be bothered to analyze anything. The media is simply focused on the "gaffe" this caused the campaign, with no analysis of what I actually said. So don't worry liberals, there is no hidden agenda to the Conservative Party, because it has sold it's soul to the MSM, you can freely vote Conservative and still have your ever expanding nanny state!