Ya know, we Liberals have been reading and listening to the Conservative and NDP rhetoric for over 2.5 years now about Stephane Dion not being a leader and people waiting in the wings to take his job.
Some main stream media folks (if not all) have been touting this upcoming election as the last chance Dion has to be leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Well people, my question to you is this: who is going to replace Harper and Layton after they both fail in the next election?
For Harper, who loves quitting (think January 14, 1997), there is nobody to fill the vacuum of the reform/alliance agenda. Jason Kenney? Pierre Poilievre? Rob Anders? Monte Solberg? Or perhaps a female! Helena? Josee? Rona? Diane Findlay - oh yeah, she won't be re-elected. Or how about a minority MP? Obrhai? Jaffer? Probably not.
What does that leave the Conservative Party with? A bunch of Harris clowns. Baird? Flaherty? Clement? Laughable really. None of them can hold that party together. None!
And, who will fill Jack's shoes? Pat Martin? Joe Comartin (he'd be my choice)? Libby Davies?
You see where I'm going with this, right? Tom Flanagan prophesizes the demolition of the Liberal Party with the loss of the next election. The real truth is that the Conservative Party of Canada and the NDP are in real peril with a loss. In Harper's case, if Dion forms government. A Conservative loss and Harper's done. In Jack's case, if the Dippers drop under 25 seats (think Hamilton Mountain and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek). A drop in seats and Jack is done.
As for the demolition of the Liberal brand? I recall we had 11 contenders for leadership last time out, any one of which were more than capable of being Prime Minister. The Cons and Dippers? Not so much!