It’d be so easy to play politics right now for most Liberals. They’ve been written off for dead frankly by many in Canada after their defeat in the last election that saw the Harper Conservatives help manipulate the vote to the point that the NDP won their highest seat count in their party history.
“You attack me; I attack you… that’s exactly what you’re going to get from the Liberal Party of Canada…”
Very Jean Chretien’ish, and a message that I’ve been waiting to hear for a number of years. I’ve heard people like former local candidate Bernadette Clement murmur about high roads and hide for nearly two years only to get slaughtered come election time.
How often did the Grits stand there and let the Harper squad nail them with attack ads without so much as a squeak back? It was enough to make me choose to drop the party. I may never join again, but it does warm my heart to see this great party start to show a pulse again.
I’ve watched infighting sacrifice a good man in Stephane Dion to Conservative attacks. Face it folks, when you’re in an alley with a group of thugs the likes of Stephen Harper you have to fight to get out. Not post Ignatieff like while wearing plaid shirts and trying to connect with voters.
Bob Rae may not end up becoming “the guy”, but he’s helped his party immensely. He’s earning back its wings; its pride, and it’s self respect. If he can truly unite the party the next election should be very very interesting whether he’s the candidate or not.
In the meanwhile check out his video from today. There’s some powerful insights, and some powerful comparisons as he dares the Harper team to truly compare his term as Premier of Ontario during a recession against their own; and some great blows dealt about how the Harris government decimated Ontario with its shortsightedness.