They should have gone negative: that's the conclusion a number of pundits are coming to after the NDP's stunning loss in the 2013 B.C. election.

The B.C. Liberals ran the most "right-wing, Republican-style campaign Canada has ever seen" and the NDP just didn't fight back, pundit Bill Tieleman wrote in 24 Hours Vancouver.

Tieleman cites the Liberals' constant attack ads against NDP Leader Adrian Dix that highlighted the party's record in the 1990s, as well as Dix backdating a memo while serving as chief of staff to former premier Glen Clark.

The result, he writes, is that British Columbians elected Christy Clark, a leader who is more "vicious than visionary."

Michael Smyth at The Province newspaper writes that Dix made a strategic error in taking the high road, a mistake that resulted in what he calls the biggest comeback in British Columbia history.

Dix's nice-guy approach was like "trying to shake hands with a scorpion," Steve Burgess argued in The Tyee.

Commentator Charles Campbell, writing in the same Tyee article, dismissed the common argument that Green votes take away from the NDP, saying that Dix's party simply didn't connect with middle-class voters in a series of culturally distinct ridings including Vancouver-Fraserview, Port Moody-Coquitlam and Surrey-Tynehead.

He says the Greens only clearly took votes away from the NDP in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, which was won by University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver.

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  • Adrian Dix Concedes

    B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix addresses supporters after the Liberal Party was projected to win a majority government in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Adrian Dix Concedes

    B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix addresses supporters after the Liberal Party was projected to win a majority government in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Shock And Awe

    A NDP supporter reacts while watching provincial election results come in while waiting for B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix to address supporters in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Sad Day For B.C. NDP

    A B.C. NDP supporter gets teary eyed viewing results from Tuesday's provincial election.

  • Orange Wave Delayed

  • Adrian Dix Embraces His Wife After Defeat

    B.C. NDP leader hugs his wife Renee Saklikar after the Liberals won a majority government on Tuesday.

  • Christy Clark Wins Another Term

    B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark waves to the crowd after she arrives on stage after winning the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Christy Clark Wins Another Term

    B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark hugs her son Hamish Marissen-Clark,11, after winning the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Christy Clark Wins Another Term

    B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark waves to the crowd after she arrives on stage after winning the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Christy Clark Wins Another Term

    B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark makes her way through the crowd after after winning the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Christy Clark Wins Another Term

    B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark waves to the crowd after she arrives on stage after winning the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver, B.C. on May 14.

  • Election Surprise

    A NDP supported looks at the floor waiting for election results to come in.

  • Sitting, Wishing, Waiting

    A liberal party supporter watches as election results come in for the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.

  • Adrian Dix Waves To Supporters

    B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix waves to supporters after conceding defeat in the provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.

  • All Smiles For Clark And Son Hamish

    B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark and her son Hamish Marrisen-Clark, 11, share a laugh as they watch the results come in on TV of the British Columbia provincial election in Vancouver on May 14.



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