I’m just throwing this perspective out there for consumption. Given all the internal strife within the Liberal Party, what is the best vehicle to rally people around a common cause, that elevates the discussion beyond the leaders troubles? I’m of the mindset that the issue of leadership will fester, any hopes that it will all disappear somewhat optimistic. With that reality in mind, could you not make an argument that the best thing for the Liberal Party is a fall election?
If there is one thing that binds Liberals, it is a dislike of Stephen Harper. While divisions would remain, the urgency of an election would have the effect of rendering the internal to the back burner, as everyone is faced with the prospects of another Harper government. An election would also give Dion a unique platform to look the leader, which he desperately needs at the moment.
To be frank, fundraising and organization aren’t about to show significant improvement for the foreseeable future. If those are the winning conditions, then we can assume the Liberals will not be voting against the government , possibly until the mandatory fall of 2009. There is a consequence to Dion if the Liberals resist an election, it provides plenty of time to make changes. Knowing that an election is months, if not years away, does that not open Dion up for a more realistic scenario, in which he is replaced?
Even uber-apologist Jason Cherniak admits that the next December meeting of the Liberal executive promises to be a raucous occasion. The anti-Dion sentiment will not go quietly, they may become momentarily dormant, but I suspect future incidents like we have recently witnessed. In other words, the stage is set for a period of Liberal disquiet and what happens in Quebec is anyone’s guess. Within this context, a quick election might not be the nightmare that some predict, In fact, there is an argument to be made that heading to the polls now is a shrewd move, all the obvious negatives aside. Thoughts?