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The 2 most unsurprising events of the day

1) Michael Ignatieff announces he is running for the Liberal leadership

2) Warren Kinsella announces he is supporting Mr. Ignatieff”s candidacy.

I’m glad about #2: the breathless speculation of who Warren is supporting can now cease and desist – I suppose we’ll now see some Liberal bloggers going after Warren for his choice, but I have to say I respect him for why he did it. The reason I joined the Liberal Party in Dec 2006 was because I was there covering the Convention for BlogsCanada/Progressive Bloggers, and I witnessed in person how Dion won the leadership, how he carried himself, and for his beliefs in general.  I became an LPC member not long after.

Warren is doing it for the same sort of reasons – a personal meeting with Iggy that he details, as well as doing some research on Iggy over past criticisms he had done of him and coming to his own personal conclusions that the criticisms of Ignatieff were either misplaced or that he had acknowledged those criticism and apologized for them or admitted he was wrong – a hard thing to do for a politician. Others may disagree with Warren’s reasoning, but he set out why he did, and I don’t think one can criticize him for that.

I understand Iggy is all for party renewal and a 308 Liberal riding strategy, as what Liberal 308 has set out as goals for the party to achieve. I’m sorta like Jennifer; I think I’ll wait and see what he (and the others) have to say about these and other issues that are important to me and to Liberals in general, before I endorse anyone.

4 comments to The 2 most unsurprising events of the day

  • Well, considering the facile nature of his responses to the various criticisms (my personal favorite was “all those human rights experts who think Ignatieff’s 2006 article was supremely dangerous nonsense are just axe-grinding: Ignatieff told me so himself!”), I’d say that one can criticize him any which way one wishes.

  • mrvnmouse,

    I think both can easily overcome their difficulties with a simple ‘mea culpa’ – especially Bob Rae, who can point to the lessons he’s learned in the 13+ years since making his mistake (I actually think he realized the mistake in about 1992, but by then it was too late).

    Iggy will have a harder time, but he can do it too.

    Plus, they are both way better than what the Liberals just had.

  • Originally Posted By MikeAs an uninterested outsider, take this little piece of advice:

    Stop accepting nominations now. Either Rae OR Iggy will do very well as leader of the Liberals. Any others joining the fray will lead to the same fiasco as last time – where the votes splits and the arcane rules of the convention means some less than exceptional third party becomes leader.

    Then you are right back where you started.

    Really. Only those two even have a hope of beating Harper.

    We’ll see. If either of them can overcome major issues that they both have, they may have a slim chance.

    But, to me, it’s sad that the best the Liberals can offer up are these two.

    We’ll have to see if LIBERAL CONVENTION v2.0 has any real improvements over the last one.

  • As an uninterested outsider, take this little piece of advice:

    Stop accepting nominations now. Either Rae OR Iggy will do very well as leader of the Liberals. Any others joining the fray will lead to the same fiasco as last time – where the votes splits and the arcane rules of the convention means some less than exceptional third party becomes leader.

    Then you are right back where you started.

    Really. Only those two even have a hope of beating Harper.

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