Now you see her, now you don't!
That would be Conservative Party candidate Diana Dilworth in the New Westminster-Coquitlam by-election tonight - and after she lost badly to new NDP MP Fin Donnelly, you may not see her again.
But the real story is that the Tories have tried and failed yet one more time at running a peek-a-boo "Invisible Woman" campaign in a BC by-election and presuming it just might work. Wrong.
Donnelly has won by an impressive 14% advantage, or more than 3,300 votes, over Dilworth.
Flashback to March 2008's Vancouver Quadra by-election - and Conservative candidate Deborah Merideth's similiarly ill-fated attempt to hide from the media and voters but slide into the MP job nonetheless.
Yes, you guessed it, another strategic error on the part of the hapless Tories.
Amazingly, the Conservatives don't appear to learn from their mistakes - they were only 152 votes short of capturing Quadra from the Liberals for an upset victory in 2008 but Merideth oddly avoided all-candidates meetings, debates and media interviews - despite being an attractive, moderate small-c Conservative candidate with lots of intelligence and no known hillbilly secrets.
The follow-up rematch in the October general election saw the nearly hopeless Joyce Murray - a much-maligned former provincial Gordon Campbell-BC Liberal cabinet minister - win again by default and a larger margin than the by-election.
So one might think the Conservative brain-trust, led by the formidable campaigner Colin Metcalfe, would rethink it's strategy - but apparently not. Dilworth repeatedly avoided media interviews and all debates save one on CKNW.
Dilworth, a Port Moody councilor, was a decent candidate in a riding the Conservatives/Alliance/Reform Party previously held with neanderthal-light MP Paul Forseth, who eventually lost to the NDP's Dawn Black. Black moved to provincial politics, successfully winning NDP MLA's Chuck Puchmayr's New Westminster seat after he left for health reasons.
But Donnelly promises to be a potential NDP star - a young, smart and environmentally-active former Coquitlam city councilor who twice swam the Fraser River to promote sustainability [a whopping 1400 kilometres] and who made the hated Harmonized Sales Tax a key election issue.
Meanwhile, the night was truly miserable for the federal Liberals - who were not only uncompetitive but came in with poor third place finishes in all four seats, including Montreal's Hochelaga. The Michael Ignatieff ghoul pool continues.
But while Iffy was, well, iffy, the Conservatives had reason to celebrate, with an upset win in the Quebec riding of Rivière du-Loup over the Bloc Quebecois, who lost a previously held seat, by a surprising margin of 5%.
And they also recaptured the former Tory safe seat of nearly unpronounceable Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley - which they lost when Bill Casey went Independent after being trashed by Stephen Harper for opposing the Conservatives on equalization.
So all in all, a good night for the Conservatives - one upset win and one seat back in the Tory fold, while one possible victory was squandered; a good night for the NDP, with one seat retained with an increase majority and a distant second-place finish in Montreal's Hochelaga - which augers well for Thomas Mulcair to hold his Outremont outpost; a bad night for the Bloc Quebecois as they lose a seat to the Tories while retaining one other; a terrible night for the Liberals as they remain in also-ran status in all four ridings, albeit without losing any and with no one thinking they were likely to win; and an abysmal night for the Green Party with vote percentage ranging from a "high" of 4.3% to a low of 1.7%.