Is a Liberal who doubts his party’s leader current effectiveness a bad Liberal? If so, it seems there’s a lot of bad Liberals out in blog land. Far And Wide’s Steve V for instance.
That comment made me wonder, am I a "bad" Liberal? I tend to get a lot of resistance from other Liberals when I criticize the leader or the party direction. It as though any negativity is counter-productive, because energies should be directed at the real target.
In my mind, a "bad" Liberal is someone who spins every flaw, so much so that their commentary is largely irrelevant and predictable. Any problem is countered, any concern is downplayed. I appreciate why that mentality exists, but it I find that a dangerous attitude. That perspective conveys a complacency, a relative acceptance, that doesn't attach any urgency.
I have written many positive posts about Dion and the party, where I felt warranted. At the same time, my criticisms have been quite harsh when addressing the problems, that I feel exist. IMHO, it is better to admit you have a problem in a honest way, because through that recognition you are more likely to find solutions. Diagnose correctly, move forward. Criticism can sometimes be a positive, rationalization can be a hinderance to needed change.
In many ways, I think Harper's problems are masking the Liberal deficits. As the Conservatives fall in the polls, controversies everywhere, it provides a comfort level and the cup is half full. However, I don't think that reality should distract us from the other storylines, which are equally as persuasive. I want to point out those flaws, and if that makes me a "bad" Liberal, so be it :)