Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Nutshell

Today in the Globe and Mail you could find the Liberal leadership encapsulated:

"Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal front-runner, does not appear to be the biggest Harper threat. Bob Rae offers a comprehensible alternative to an amnesiac nation. St├ęphane Dion is a smart and thoughtful Rottweiler with few naked flanks. Gerard Kennedy is a doubtful Hail Mary pass."

Sounds about right to me.

10 Comments:

At 10/31/2006 2:23 a.m., Anonymous Anth said...

Thank you for sharing that. It made my day.

 
At 10/31/2006 5:47 a.m., Blogger Red Tory said...

I'd agree that's a pretty neat summary.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:55 a.m., Blogger DivaRachel said...

G&M lost all cred months ago, when they crowned Iggy before the race even started. WHATEVER!

 
At 10/31/2006 1:11 p.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

As long as the MSM downplays GK without any reasons whatsoever I wont take anything they say seriously. I read that same article and it argued (without reason) that Gerard cannot compete in Ontario. The author has no credibility.

 
At 11/01/2006 12:31 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds about right.

 
At 11/01/2006 4:19 p.m., Blogger Clear Grit said...

Kyle: Would he have credibility if he agreed with you? Attack the argument, not the man.

 
At 11/02/2006 12:10 a.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

No Ryan. But when someone makes ridiculous assertions like Kennedy cant compete in Ontario his judgement in other matters is suspect.

 
At 11/02/2006 9:41 a.m., Blogger Clear Grit said...

Alright, but I do agree with his sentiment about Kennedy being a "hail-mary pass." I've no doubt that Kennedy could be one of the greatest prime ministers this country has ever known. I've also no doubt that he could be a complete flop. Hence, hail mary. That's what makes me nervous about him, I'm just not sure he stands the best chance against Harper.

 
At 11/02/2006 1:16 p.m., Blogger Kyle Carruthers said...

I dont see how hes any more of a hailmary pass than any of them though. Voters have plenty of reasons to reject Ignatieff (for self evident reasons) Rae (most disastrous tenure as Premier in our history--his fault or not), and yes, even Dion (being part of the last government and all).

 
At 11/03/2006 1:49 a.m., Blogger Clear Grit said...

It comes down to Quebec for me. I don't actually think Rae has much of a chance of winning it so I don't really consider him. But I think polls in Quebec are optimistic for Dion, suggesting a public which does not hold him responsible for the sponsorship scandal, and would still vote for him despite his involvement in the Chretien government (which, of course, delivered 12 years of good government to Canada that people, when it comes right down to it, really appreciated). As for Ignatieff, I also think his appeal to the soft nationalists completely undermines Harper's strategy in Quebec and if he were the leader, we'd have no problem making gains there. Kennedy... sure, there's a chance Quebeckers will accept him more readily than they would Harper or Duceppe. But they don't have as much reason to.

 

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