Thursday, July 13, 2006

Kennedy the new frontrunner?

The Star thinks so. Interesting. Though this bugs me:

It has been conventional wisdom in the party that MP Michael Ignatieff (Etobicoke Lakeshore) has had a strong lead, followed by former Ontario premier Bob Rae.

That's not the sense I've been getting at all. It seems that the media has been trying to portray this race as one between Ignatieff and Rae, but that's just because Rae is the most recognizable name, and Ignatieff is surrounded by controversy.


At 7/13/2006 12:17 p.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

I'd prefer that my candidate not be called the "front runner" at this point.

At 7/13/2006 1:11 p.m., Blogger DPW said...

Remember too that The Star has difficulty seeing beyond Eglinton Avenue and every story it carries MUST have a Toronto angle. For The Star, it's not news if it doesn't involve/affect Torontonians.

I remain to be convinced that the "instant members" will be that significant at the December convention. The matter of signing-up hundreds of new members, for which Volpe is the biggest braggart, has the smelly aura of what the Liberal Party needs to reject. Volpe tainted himself enough with the kiddie-donations and now may drag anyone else who boasts of hugely successful membership numbers into the same murky soup.

Moreover, since the convention probably will go to several votes, any initial loyalties delegates harbour are very likely to be overridden by events between the local delegate elections and the final December ballot.

At 7/13/2006 1:12 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. There is likely some difference between media front-runners and actual front-runners.

Media: Ignatieff and Rae
Actual: Ignatieff, Kennedy, Rae and Volpe

At 7/13/2006 1:21 p.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

I would replace Rae with Dion on your list. Volpe is not really a "runner". Whatever role he plays it will be that of kingmaker not leader.

At 7/13/2006 1:26 p.m., Blogger calgarygrit said...

I think the Star numbers are bogus (I know for a fact they're off in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan). Iggy is still easily in front, but it's nice to see Gerard doing well.

At 7/13/2006 3:20 p.m., Blogger The Frog Lady said...

Poor Bob Rae. I guess this means having a brother you used to work for Jean Chretien doesn't automatically guarantee you a ginourmous national leadership machine.

This is a sad day for nepotism.


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