You must have a cold heart, or hatred fills your veins, if you didn't feel a tinge of sadness watching Michael Ignatieff in the moments before the vote. Apparently, the candidates knew the outcome minutes before the announcement, so it was interesting to watch Ignatieff as videos of past Prime Ministers played on the screen. Ignatieff was aware of the cameras, but on a few occasions you could see he was lost in thought. As the videos played, the reality hit Ignatieff and you could visibly see him well up.
The frontrunner is unkind ground, especially if you aren't a seasoned politican that shoots from the hip. Especially hurtful to watch as candidate after candidate moves to others and you are left wanting. An old friend abandons you, an upstart upsets the plans, everything went wrong for Ignatieff. I believe Michael Ignatieff is an honorable, incredibly gifted man, as evidenced by his grace in his defeat speech. I believe Michael Ignatieff geniunely wanted to contribute to making Canada great. I don't share some of the disdain for Ignatieff, because afterall his views were rooted within his own moral compass.
No leader has every lost from his position, an apparent organization unparalled in Canadian politics, and yet he does lose. Watching Ignatieff in the final moments, split-screened with Dion, you saw the two faces of every contest. So, while everyone focuses on the winner, a brief comment on the loser. Michael Ignatieff is a good man, a proud Canadian, who brought great ideas to the campaign. Hopefully, the Dion Liberals will find a place for Ignatieff, because he is an asset.