Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bob Rae First to Announce Leadership Bid

Oh. And by association, I guess Michael Ignatieff too.

Just how long ago were Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae making this so-called non-aggression pact? Has it been since December 2006? No sense anybody else entering the Leadeship Race. I mean, really, the outcome seems pre-determined wouldn't you say?

Hear that Mr. McGuinty? Mr. Leblanc? Mr. McKenna? Ms. Hall-Findlay? Mr. Manley? They'll be no middling a la Dion. Get it?



WesternGrit said...

I think it is a pretty good attempt to publicly note that this convention should be civil. I wouldn't read too much more into it. These two are so ideologically distinct, that I don't see them backing the other when push comes to shove. More like they will release their delegates.

If, on the other hand, there is more of an agreement, then I can proudly say the Liberal Party has already made strides, when the left and right sides can reach across and shakes hands. Makes it much better for those of us in the middle. It's good to see such disparate views see eye to eye.

Refreshing. I look forward to a convention with a little less division. Everyone - group hug!

burlivespipe said...

I agree with WesGrit; this isn't something to whine about. As a Rae delegate in 2006 I can assuredly say that many people who supported my guy (and many who supported Iggy) still won't necessarily follow their leader if they have to fall. There's an ideological glass ceiling there.
And you know as I do that McKenna would still be a formidable foe if this pact had more than surface value.

Deb Prothero said...

McKenna hasn't got a chance. This is the Liberal Party of Canada we're talking about and he is emphatically anti-abortion. That horse doesn't even belong in this race.

RuralSandi said...

Shouldn't people just wait to see who's running before getting all worked up?

Angry before it even stars - what a waste of time.

James Curran said...

Sounds like a declaration to me Sandi.

RuralSandi said...

Seems to me some just want to be angry and aggressive and cause a stir.

We don't know who's running yet - period.

It's a fact, not a challenge.

Total waste of angry time if you ask me.

Demosthenes said...

Yeah, once I heard about the McKenna anti-abortion thing I realized he wasn't going to run, or at least would not win. Even if you buy all this "moving to the center" stuff, that stance wouldn't pass muster for the Dems, let alone the Liberals.

As for the "civil" race... I'll believe it when I see it. McCain/Obama was supposed to be civil at first, too.