I think Hebert's analysis is right.The Tories will use this one way or the other to finish off iffy and his grits. HM PM Harper and our brain trust think strategically and very long term. It is a war of attrition. It is a war The Tories will win.
Conservative strategists see the debate is a win-win and they have no objections in dragging it out to the fall.
If the government succeeds in eliminating the registry with the help of the NDP, it will have fulfilled an iconic promise to its core base.
Such a result would also empower Ignatieff to go after Layton on gun control in the next election.
From the Conservative standpoint, time spent by the Liberals and the NDP on fighting each other is time well spent.
But if the gun registry bill dies at the hand of a concerted Opposition barrage instead, that lost battle will be put to use in the fight for a Conservative majority. That is very much a war of attrition that is being fought on a seat-by-seat basis.