#136 - WHERE DID BOB RAE GO?
I mean - I don't consider myself an unfailing prophet of the future, not by a long shot. But I was sure, and I MEAN SURE, that Bob Rae would be handed the Liberal Party leadership.
As I recall, Bob complained that an interim leader should not be barred from seeking the permanent leadership. Balderdash. An interim leader is an incumbent. And while it's true that incombents sometimes face the wrath of voters because all politicians are evil, I don't think the same can be said of a party leadership race. After all, everyone voting is already inside a political party, so they've already been seduced to the dark side. There, incumbents have a distinct advantage.
So Bob reluctantly took the interim leadership. I was in no way surprised when it was announced this week that the party was discussing whether or not to change that rule and allow Bob to be crowned. I mean, to run for the leadership. Not surprised at all. In fact, I assumed that this was Bob's plan all along.
Imagine my surprise when this did not happen. Me. Wrong. And surprised by a political outcome. Huh.
So, I figure one of two things happened:
In my mind, Bob Rae is NDP. Jumping ship to a slightly more succesful party is not a way to win my vote. If Bob ever decides to sit for the Conservatives, I'll have no one left to vote for.
Oh wait, Bev Oda is still a Conservative. Already can't vote for them...
13 June 2012 AD