Sunday, March 11, 2007

Are the knives out already?

I hate to contribute to the life of this story by repeating it, but it's not exactly a secret that there are already whispers in the corridors of power about knives being sharpened. The common thinking goes that Stephane Dion only has one election in him, not by his choice, but instead because the leadership camps of his former rivals are already preparing to topple him in the event of an election loss. Now, I could certainly imagine some dissension in the ranks - the Liberal party isn't as unified today as it has been historically - but an outright coup? I highly doubt it.

Still, this email I received gave me pause for thought. It was entitled "Bob Rae Launches Liberal Leadership Bid," though I'm still not sure who sent it:

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At 3/11/2007 7:21 p.m., Blogger audacious said...

i'm not a rae supporter, however, it doesn't and will not surprise me if dion does not last long as leader; election or no immediate election.

At 3/11/2007 7:55 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

That email shouldn't give you pause. It should spur you to the defence of the party.

I think it is pretty much acknowledged and accepted that Rae has not shut down his leadership campaign. His people are speaking out negatively about Dion. Rae himself is speaking out negatively about Dion and Dion's positions. Even his announcement of running in Toronto Centre was done independently without the Leader.

Bob should have had Dion there and have Dion announce that he was running. But not when it's all about Bob.

The other campaigns have all shut down. Kennedy and Hall Findlay have been working full time for the party. Ignatieff praises and pushes Dion's leadership wherever he goes. Even Volpe and Brison.

But not our Bob.

This guy is a fox who has been invited to the henhouse.

And FINALLY people are starting to pay attention.

Dion is here for at minimum two elections. Only then should we even begin to think about even questioning his position as leader. Rae and the team around him, who have been bad for the party for decades, are bad for the party.

At 3/11/2007 8:33 p.m., Blogger Gayle said...

The email is a scam - and all kinds of anonymous trolls are merrily posting away hoping to scare the liberals into believing it is true.


At 3/11/2007 10:44 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

What information is incorrect? Seems to me the email is just a list of publicly verifiable facts.

Why has Bob spoken out so many times against Dion?

Why have so many of his key campaign organizers spoken out against Dion?

Why didn't he clear his nomination with Dion or anyone in the OLO?

Even if he isn't still running his leadership campaign (yeah right!), what kind of team player is this guy?

At 3/11/2007 11:22 p.m., Blogger Steve V said...

I have that email too, it's a joke. Wouldn't even be surprised if it's a conservative. Don't pause, that was the intention, to distract.

Rae was asked about "running again" on QP today, and his genuine laugh said I needed to ear.

At 3/12/2007 1:17 a.m., Blogger Gayle said...

Well anon- if you want us to believe the email, I suggest you stop hiding behind your anonymity and show yourself.

I know it's you Harper!


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