The Toronto Star has an excerpt of Linda Diebel's new book on Dion, which paints a rather unflattering picture of Bob Rae in the leadership aftermath. The National Post has another story on Rae, which like other recent pieces, concludes that he is positioning himself for another leadership run.
I like Bob Rae, I think he could be a great asset to the Liberal "team". However, if Rae's main motivation for running in the next election is to lay the foundation for other another leadership run, I say don't bother. I admit some surprise reading Diebel's excerpt, in that, Rae seemed to have adopt this posture that he was screwed at the convention, which conveyed entitlement. Remember, Rae was the outsider who quickly became the insider, with all the early endorsements and backroom brokers, not to mention a few at the convention. Nobody stole it away from Rae, people made choices, some went to him, others didn't. It's called politics, and for Rae to hold a grudge seems like arrogance of the highest order.
Whenever I hear Rae comment on the Liberal Party, he offers the scripted responses, but it is always accompanied by this tone that conveys unfinished business. Bob Rae is coming to Ottawa with a singular goal. Bob Rae isn't coming to be a productive MP, he is waiting in the shadows for one last chance at personal greatness. Ignatieff might be doing the same, so the criticism isn't exclusive, but that doesn't forgive Rae's ambition.
The last thing I want to see is some thinly veiled manoeuvring for Dion's job, as though he is terminal. It's divisive, unproductive and tiresome. There are bigger issues for the Liberal Party than wasting energy on succession and positioning. I have to ask, what is Bob Rae doing for the Liberal cause, that isn't a reflection of his personal cause? I honestly believe Bob Rae comes to Ottawa to usurp Dion, and if that is the motivation, than he is pure poison. I'm willing to bet there are insiders privately sanctioning a Liberal lose in the next election, knowing that it helps their direct self-interest. Sorry to say it, but I'm not convinced that Bob Rae wants the Liberals to succeed in the next election. Is it country or vanity that drives the desire?