Paul Martin's handlers believe there is a chance Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will "burn people out" with his daily doses of policy announcements.
"He's their biggest vulnerability and they're jamming him down people's throats every day," a senior strategist says. "It's neck and neck [between the Tories and the Liberals] and woe be he who makes a mistake."
Mr. Martin has been deliberately keeping his "powder dry."
It's a long campaign -- eight weeks, including a break at Christmas -- and the Liberals have decided to pace themselves.
And if Stephen Harper walked on water, the Grits' unnamed senior strategists would go around yelling that he couldn't swim.