lt already is the election that no one wants - and it will likely end up with the results that everyone but Conservatives fears - a solid Stephen Harper majority government granted four years of untrammelled power.
That's what an Ipsos-Reid poll predicted - with the Conservatives leading easily with 43% national support against the Liberals at 24%, the NDP at 16% and the Greens at 6%. The Bloc Quebecois has 41% of support in Quebec.
So what on earth were federal New Democrats and Liberals thinking when they voted out the minority Conservative government?
Clearly the atmosphere in Parliament - a strange mixture of testosterone, self-delusion and anger - encouraged opposition parties to mount a Charge of the Light Brigade into the Conservative cannons.
And while I agree that the government's behaviour on a variety of issues is reprehensible, the only thing worse would be to give the Conservatives a majority government free hand to do as they please for four years.
Yet that's exactly what the NDP and Liberals voted to do.
Let's be clear - the Conservatives have never under Stephen Harper's leadership- repeat never - started an election campaign with as large a lead as the polls show they have in this election.
Yes - they may blow it. The Harper government has repeatedly gotten close to majority support numbers only to screw it up time and again.
But that's at the very least wishful thinking.
And look at the state of the English-Canada opposition parties: Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is hopelessly mired in mediocrity - 19% behind the Tories to start an election. And Ignatieff has consistently failed to connect with voters.
NDP leader Jack Layton is far more popular with Canadians - a high approval rating that Ignatieff can only envy - but the party itself is at 16% - hardly threatening to become government and with vague hopes at best of replacing the Liberals as offical opposition.
The Green Party? Forgettable. Elizabeth May's third try for a seat in Parliament in her third riding in her third region of Canada will fail again. Saanich-Gulf Islands MP and cabinet minister Gary Lunn survived a serious Liberal challenge in 2008 when former Green and very environmentally concerned candidate Briony Penn couldn't beat Lunn even with the NDP candidate dropping out in another election controversy.
This time the Greens will face all three other parties running full campaigns - and their unblemished three decades of federal failure will continue.
Then there's Quebec, where Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe has overwhelming support and whose party will take the vast majority of seats. The Conservatives, Liberals and NDP can only hope to hold the few seats they now have - especially NDP deputy leader Tom Mulcair in the former Liberal stronghold of Outremont.
And so it begins - an election with the potential not for the Tory tales of a Liberal-NDP-Bloc coalition but a Conservative majority.
Those who are outraged with Harper and thrilled with an election on the opposition claims of contempt of Parliament, abuse of democracy and other crimes should steel themselves for bitter reality - this election is for the Conservatives to lose - and every indication is that they have been preparing for years to win it with an outright majority.
As Winston Churchill aptly said: "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
Some strategy for the Liberals and NDP. Some results for the Conservatives.
Photo credits - Layton - Montrealais photo; Ignatieff - Paul Teee photo; Harper - Remy Steinegger photo