Have you read all the potential names being floated to lead the Liberal Party? Depressing isn't it? With the exception of some grassroots manifestation yet to appear on the political radar, the list is pretty bland and predictable. To my mind people that will never catch fire, never reset the new political paradigm, leadership that puts us on the sidelines, if not life support. There is one exception, and that is of course Justin Trudeau. Talk of "arm twisting", mention of not being ready, maybe one day, whatever, the bottom line, should Trudeau have any aspirations it's now or never because if this process isn't fruitful, I assure all this will be the LAST Liberal leader.
I'm not one to gush over Trudeau, fact is Liberals routinely embarrass themselves fawning all over the man, most of the "love" is nauseating in its superficiality. Sorry, that's the truth. However, let's keep it real, politics are superficial, so "rock star" isn't necessarily a negative for a party desperate to get off the road to oblivion. The fact the NDP just rode into Official Opposition status with a bunch of MP's the electorate couldn't pick out in a police lineup, a testament to the fact politics are as deep as a bird bath. If Trudeau can turn some otherwise disinterested heads, all the more power to him, perhaps the thick mane alone can win 20-30 new seats?
Where I can jump on the Trudeau bandwagon, is that he has the capacity to truly shake up a pretty static entity, as well as the larger malaise that plagues Canadian politics. I also believe Trudeau is truly a progressive, a left, center left manifestation, which is where I prefer we stand. The fact Trudeau is considered "green", prone to speak off the cuff, not shy about controversy, plus, plus, plus in my mind, this country could use some spontaneity and feather ruffling. As well, Trudeau seems to speak the language which resonates with younger voters, for a tired party that is nowhere with this demographic, that energy he brings is attractive. Bold and somewhat brash, bring it on all day long, for the love of man inject some life into this comatose country.
Trudeau doesn't think this is his time, but really these are the potential Liberal end times, so future considerations fail to recognize the immediate imperative. In reality, it is now or never, this realization Trudeau must digest. If Trudeau loves the Liberal brand, if he believes in what it stands for and wants to put a stamp on it moving forward, this is it, the moment, right here, right now.
Jump in now Justin, while this rusty tug still floats, tomorrow may never come...