We had a set of Teflon pans when I was a kid, a gift to my mother when my brother got his first job. They were great things but required a lot of extra care.
With us seven kids, who spent more time arguing over whose "turn it was to dry", taking special precautions with pots and pans never made it to the top of our list.
If we could hide them in a cupboard so they'd have to be washed when it wasn't our turn, that's what we did.
Suffice it to say that within a year those pots looked liked the side of an old barge in dry dock.
Bruce Anderson has a column in the Globe today: Ethics, arrogance and the end of the Teflon Tories.
He suggests that their arrogance may be their undoing.
Because up until now, they have simply dismissed all allegations against them, as partisan blather, ignoring the fact that Canadians want answers.
This arrogance got them into trouble the last prorogation, when they underestimated how important democracy is to Canadians.
They are doing the same now with the Contempt of Parliament charges, hoping we won't care. But we do care dammit.
The Conservatives just keep putting those pots in the cupboard, hoping we won't notice, but the Teflon has been eroding, and we're left with the ugly. It's time to replace them.
Anderson does question why the Liberals want an election now, but what he fails to understand, is that despite the poll of 15% of the people who answer their phone, there is a very large group of Canadians who want this election so bad we can taste it.
We have never had closure on so many issues from the Afghan Detainee abuse to the waste of our tax dollars on Harper's self-promotion. We want our chance to voice our concerns, and we will do that publicly, in droves.
Everyone who has ever been marginalized, polarized, beaten, verbally attacked and ignored by this government will rally.
The media and pollsters ignored us before, and we proved them wrong.
Give us that election and we'll show you how it's done.