Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Dark Side
Since I've already jumped off the deep end, I thought I might swim around for a moment, before toweling off. Why doesn't Dion fall on his sword and resign, then have an emergency meeting of the executive and install Ignatieff as interim leader? If an election is averted after the throne speech, then we could have a proper, fairly quick leadership and prepare for the spring. If an election is called, the Liberals take their chances with Ignatieff and hope to salvage something. The notion of democracy seems a subjective circumstance within the Liberal Party, so you could rationalize that a "hand-picked" leader is just an extension of what happens in the ridings.
I mention Ignatieff, not because he is my first choice, but really the only logical one at this point. In my mind there are two scenarios- the present one, where we rally around almost sure defeat because of protocol and resignation or the proactive one, where we acknowledge the landscape and take decisive action to do something about it. Which presents the best option? Well, one is the virtual known, the other a wildcard, advantage the latter. Is it better to lose an election, then spend another year in uncertainty, as Dion is quickly dismissed and the next competition begins? Harper effectively gains a majority, even if we are able to prevent the seat totals, because the Liberals will not be in position to go again, the official opposition toothless.
I realize this is all blasphemy and I effectively make myself a pariah, but I don't understand the logic of going through a process, in a passive fashion, as though there are no options. Instead of silencing people, presenting the illusion of a united front, why not acknowledge the problem and fix it? The best solution, which is actually quite wise, if you accept the no option proposition, is to highlight the "team", show Canadians the government in waiting and hope that is enough to mask the leaders shortcomings. However that solution is a frank acknowledgement from the braintrust that Dion is baggage, that needs compensation. Why exactly do we have to accept that fate, and how the hell can you expect to win an election when you have to hide the leader?
The Liberal Party has a lot of problems, many of which can't be fixed overnight, some of which have nothing to do with the leader. However, this leader has shown that he doesn't resonate with Canadians, and his handicaps will not be overcome. Why do we need to lose an election to prove the obvious, that people privately admit?
Dion should resign, throw in Iggy, roll the dice, with full knowledge that it can't be any worse than the present.
Posted by Steve V at 1:26 PM