The latest attack hit me pretty close to the bone, because it saw deputy Labor Leader Harriet Harman ridicule rival Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander for the color of his hair.
He's a 'ginger rodent,' the former 'Blair's babe' hissed.
She was making a tempestuous tirade about how the Liberal Democrats have 'bought into' the Tory's radical spending cuts, and focused on Danny Alexander because of his role in the new coalition.
The Liberal Democrats, she argued, have "all mutated into something alien" and in opposition to the party's roots.
Putting that through the Militant Ginger translator, it comes out as: the Lib Dems have accepted that money doesn't appear out of thin air, you can't borrow your way out of debt and they know that only thing keeping Britain out of bankruptcy is going to be a tough tenure of tightening our collective belts.
And in all honesty, Harman's jab about their Lib Dem policies is about as cheap as her shot at Danny Alexander's hair color. In almost all major regards, the Liberal Democrats have managed to wrangle the Conservative party into acquiescing to their campaign promises.
As Liberal Democrat pundit and renaissance man Lloydie proudly boasts, the Lib Dems have delivered on their promises of:
"...increased funding for schools, winter fuel payments, free eye tests, pass passes and TV licences for the elderly protected... oh, and a boost in adult apprenticeships.... oh and a green investment ban. More Lib Dem pledges met and yet ANOTHER Lib Dem win."He wrote an amazing post about it here - focusing on how disgruntled former Labor supporters are horrified to discover that the Lib Dems actually keep their campaign promises (never a forté of the Labor party.)
And with that in mind, I'm going to climb off my self-righteous high-horse. Ultimately, vilifying Harriet Harman for her 'ginger' comment is counter productive, because it draws attention away from the hollowness of her words and the continued political exile of her party. That's what I'd like people to be really focusing on.
I rather liked how Scottish Liberal Democrat election chairman, George Lyon summarized her tirade: "The Labor Party aren't fit to be in opposition, let alone in government."
As we say in America: "Yeah. What he said."