Iggy's taken personal offence. He's worried he's being portrayed as "stupid".
A neutral observer, or even a partisan one lacking extreme narcissistic tendencies, would likely conclude the Conservatives (like all political entities since time immemorial) are attempting to exploit an opponents recent political miscalculation in order to advance their party's interests.
Not Iggy. Iggy thinks its really all about him - a personal attack on his intellect.
Someone in the Liberal party should advise the professor that he's left the the world of having wide-eyed college juniors dazzled by that insulated academic "brilliance" and has entered the bloodsport of politics.
You're not in Kansas any more Dorothy.