I don’t often link to columns by Warren Kinsella but this one is one is riveting – Stick fork in Grits, they’re done.
Kinsella doesn’t try to attack the Conservative’s truth ad about Bob Rae. On the contrary – he agrees with it:
It worked with Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, and it’ll work even better with Rae: He has a record in government that can be attacked. Heck, it deserves to be attacked.
Raelians, in full self-denial, will say they aren’t worried about the spots, of course. They’ll say the ads’ existence demonstrate that it is the Tories who are worried about Rae. Why else run them, they’ll ask.
Because, for starters, Rae has decided to break his promise — he’s after the permanent leadership post.
A few weeks ago, one of his Toronto loyalists summoned some former Michael Ignatieff staffers to a meeting. Rae walked in and said, “I’m running for leader.”
That’s not all. Rae and his apparatchiks are doing their utmost to ensure that no other Liberal gets a fair shot at running for leader.
After the Paul Martin debacle of 2003, you’d think Grits would know by now that coronations are a seriously bad idea. These guys don’t ever learn from history, and so they’re doomed to repeat it.
Now what would be Warren Kinsella’s motive in being so provocative? Is it simply more evidence of a deeply fractured party?
But then at the end he proffers this tidbit:
Without an arrangement with the NDP, and with Bob Rae as leader, the Liberals are heading towards gritterdamerung. The end times.
And that certainly does seem to be one of the possible outcomes – a type of ‘arrangement’ or coalition of the left although I seriously doubt that the NDP would allow a Liberal to be the leader of such a venture.
But on the other hand, isn’t Bob Rae both?
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Excellent post by Jeff at A BCer in Toronto – Rae ad a well-aimed Conservative grenade into the Liberal tent. I find it fascinating to watch all this strategy from the other side.
Conservative ads could force Bob Rae to make decision on Liberal leadership – John Ivison, NP:
…Senior Conservatives said last year that they weren’t planning to waste their time and money assassinating the character of a stop-gap leader. Perhaps they just got tired of waiting for it to become official.
Whatever the catalyst, it has resuscitated the deep uneasiness many Liberals feel about Mr. Rae continuing to act as interim leader while not ruling out his ambitions to run for the job permanently. In a report last year, former Liberal president Alf Apps suggested it would be unfair for the interim leader to run for the full-time job, given the in-built advantages of incumbency, such as control over caucus appointments and access to party funding and communications resources…