I think it safe to say, that an open revolt is underway:
And a candidate who was set to run for the party called The Canadian Press without any prompting - saying he was asked to do so by a well-known Liberal - and announced he was no longer interested.
Paul Leduc, a three-term mayor of a large Montreal suburb, says that he's changed his mind about running for the Liberals and that one of the party's household names provided him with phone numbers for journalists and urged him to go public with his story.
The former Brossard mayor had been endorsed in April by the Liberals' provincial election commission to run without a contested nomination - but he said Dion kept him cooling his heels all summer.
"I never heard any news from Mr. Dion or his entourage," Leduc said.
"A leader who doesn't follow a recommendation, I call that inaction and indecision and it's a lack of respect not only for me, but also for the commission, and for members of my riding."
Leduc's decision not to run follows a similar one from astronaut Marc Garneau.
Carroll isn't the issue:
"If Dion didn't have enough headaches with candidates dropping out, woeful fundraising, poor recent byelection results, and a possible federal election approaching, he now also has to deal with a public war between members of his party and one of his top organizers.
Senior members from Quebec have been pleading privately for him to fire Jamie Carroll, the Liberals' national director and one of the key players in Dion's leadership victory.
They are now making their demands public."
Leduc's decison not to run is disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that he was pushed to make it public suggests a co-ordinated expression of open revolt. Who calls CP?
As I mentioned at Scott's blog, Coyne made the comment tonight that the Carroll incident was less to do with the phrasing and more a convienient excuse to attack another, bigger target. Agreed. Maybe I was ahead of the curve ;)