By the end of today Ignatieff will be crowned as king of the Liberals. The party has displayed for all to see that the kingmakers now choose the leader again as is the natural right of kingmakers. The last episode of democratic drama failed miserably when the cast didn't understand the plot and elected the wrong leader.
Now the ducks are all in a row. Although there may be some anatomical misalignment they are ready for shitting on the hands the sequel. As far as the coalition is concerned Ignatieff has flown the coup.
Harper is now back in co-operation mode in which he will buy Liberal support. With Liberal stock so degraded this will cost little more than a stimulus and slight dilution of his acid remarks about the Liberals.