Even though I've voted for the party as many times as I've voted Liberal in the last four elections, my current party status tends to allow for dismissive "spin" retorts whenever I dare question anything the NDP does, or has done. That irrelevant reaction from kneejerk hacks aside, it is quite fascinating to hear a NDP stalwart echo points I've made before:
The simple fact of the matter, the NDP didn't do well in the last election, despite the "perfect storm" conditions. To qualify that, yes they won more seats, but really it wasn't the rosy result that is now almost folklore. If only a few more Liberals bothered to show up at the polls, that little incremental percentage change would have been nullified, and the fact that less people voted NDP more pronounced. It was default victory, more a statement on the Liberals objectively dreadful performance than some endorsement of the NDP direction. This underlying thesis gets lost, and partially explains why the NDP continue with the same tired themes, we've now heard for years. The false momentum has caused a lack of introspection, although to be fair this has happened with all parties at different points in history- the Liberals were guilty of complacency for years, as they racked up majorities but lost their soul, drunk with circumstantial success. Anyways, it's nice to hear Rebick not particularly satisfied with past results, she seems to have a sense that it really was an opportunity wasted, one that isn't likely to come again.
I also find it quite refreshing to hear open talk of the NDP "backroom", because too often people project this nonsensical frame of the NDP acting with pure conscience, only interested in the issues, while others play their petty games. What Rebick is saying, when she articulates "giving up", a resistance to "change", is that the NDP acts and operates exactly like the other parties, they claim to despise. It's why I find it laughable when the Liberals are constantly accused of political expediency, when it's so obvious that the same considerations abound no matter the affiliation. That's a tough pill to swallow, but there is wisdom in Rebick's words, much objective truth too.
Rebick's comments are a nice preamble to the NDP convention, which looks strangely like the supposed Seinfeld convention the Liberals recently had in Vancouver. With unemployment soaring, all these problems with our society that the NDP love to champion, we are left with this comical obsession over a name change, Lavigne telling the world that election prep is the central focus. Hardly "kitchen table" emphasis, and a bit strange given all the heat directed our way during the Liberal convention.
Anyways, I'm sure that confidence motion count will win the day, because stale is the new fresh I suppose.