Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I suppose some were worried about what he would say, but I wasn't, Bob Rae has been a class act all his public life, why would it suddenly change now. You could see disappointment, clearly a tough day, and why wouldn't it be. Still, Rae was able to be his usual charming self, eloquent and measured.
Rae said all the right things, but it was the conviction with which he said them that impressed me. The best part, when he told reporters that the Liberals would be "boring", stories of internal strife no longer, he was committed to working with Ignatieff unequivocally. Kind words for his old friend, sometime foe, a very generous press conference, given the circumstance. Rae also spoke to the extraordinary times, and rightly acknowledged that it isn't fair to expect a normal process, within these conditions.
I look forward to watching Rae by Ignatieff's side, hopefully, and probably, he will become deputy leader. What a remarkable front bench the Liberals enjoy, today is day one of a new era for the Liberal Party, I feel that in my gut. Stragglers and the immature aside, I see a new found sense of purpose and priority, I see confidence. Bring it on Harpo.
Posted by Steve V at 2:56 PM