The Right Man for the Job

Rex Murphy asks what sort of person would volunteer to lead the Liberal Party in its current state of wreckage.

It’s a rather thankless job by anyone’s reckoning, but in selecting Rae, the Liberals have, I believe, at least got the person with the right mix of experience, temperament and, as Rex puts it, “generosity of spirit” to tackle the considerable challenges facing the LPC as it strives to rebuild itself and become a relevant alternative to the Conservatives and NPD.

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14 responses to “The Right Man for the Job

  1. Jim

    I do believe that Bob Rae, at this point in time is the right man for the job, I think it is a little too late. The Liberal Party of Canada is headed for the dustbin of history. Poor Bob inherited a car with 3 flat tires and the fourth is losing air. Once Parliament gets up to speed the media will pay very little attention to the third party and in four short years most Canadians (other than you partisans) will mostly forget their name.
    As a conservative supporter I think the NDP is a great opposition. Their stand is fairly well defined and as such they will be easy to attack at a visceral level. This was tough to do with the Liberal Party because they were the slippery snake of Canadian politics…bending to the poll or whim of the day, always avoiding the crosshairs.
    Trying to be everything to everyone, while lying constantly has finally paid the Libs their dividend.
    People complain about the polarization of Canadian politics, but personally, I see it as a fairly good thing. In my opinion, Canadians are mostly middle-of the-road folks. Harper has had to move to the center to stay his course, and I don’t see much changing there…and if the NDP really wants to be a govt in waiting they will have to do the same thing to be more appealling to the general populous. Lord help them if they become Bloc lite.
    However a clear definition is a wonderful thing…right vs left…socialist vs capitalism…and in case you haven’t noticed, I am the latter.
    I wish Bob Rae luck, but I doubt he, or anyone can bring the pumps up to the speed that is required to keep their ship from sinking.

  2. …bending to the poll or whim of the day, always avoiding the crosshairs.
    Trying to be everything to everyone, while lying constantly…

    Yeah. Harper never does that.

    …socialist vs capitalism…

    Not that either the NDP or the CPC really represents either option.

  3. I think it’s kind of funny this “conventional wisdom” that has suddenly arisen out of nowhere that the Liberals as third party will be totally ignored by the media. Was the NDP completely overlooked when they were wandering around in the wilderness with 15% support and less than 20 seats?

    Let’s not forget (already!) that before the last election, the NDP had about the same number of seats the Libs now have. Were they in some Siberian wasteland, oblivious to attention by the media?

    The Liberals still have a constituency of millions of voters that supported them in the last election. One of Bob’s challenges will be to represent those of us who still support the Liberals and make our voice heard on Parliament Hill.

  4. Craig Chamberlain

    Folks like Jim are simply trolling to advance their preferred outcome, which is to have an American-styled party system they think they can dominate. (Ironic, given how they went after Ignatieff for being an American!) The fact is, the Liberal Party has a had a setback — and now has an interim leader that will do a good job re-igniting the party and attracting members.

  5. Folks like Jim are simply trolling to advance their preferred outcome, which is to have an American-styled party system they think they can dominate.

    Actually, their preferred outcome is a one-party state. The existence of an effective and viable Opposition appears to be deeply offensive to them.

    Stalin would have killed (literally) to have a nation full of these lemmings. The unpleasantness of the show trials and the anti-kulak programme would have been rendered entirely unnecessary.

  6. tofkw

    “Stalin would have killed (literally) to have a nation full of these lemmings.”

    SF, minor correction but Stalin in fact did kill to have a nation full of these lemmings. Well minor unless you were one of Stalin’s victims that is.

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    “However a clear definition is a wonderful thing…right vs left…socialist vs capitalism …and in case you haven’t noticed, I am the latter.”

    No Jim, statements like this only make one notice you would need to read a book or two just to approach the level of a lemming.

  7. Tofkw:

    My use of “literally” was an attempt to signal what you correctly observe. I meant that Stalin killed precisely because his victims refused to be lemmings and thus had to be eliminated.

    Contrariwise, the eagerness with which so many Canadians deny themselves the fruits of independent volition despite being lucky enough to live in the world’s freest democracy, where intellectual and moral integrity carry such relatively negligible personal costs, never ceases to revolt me.

    The stub-headed chimps who voted for Harper need to be forcibly evacuated to the Ozarks, supplied with a week’s MRE rations, given a scoped .303 with a bandolier of ammo, and left to sink or swim in the kind of society they say they want and are trying to shove down the throats of real Canadians.

  8. Penny

    One thing that hasn’t changed since the Reformers morphed from Populist to Noeconservatives is that their lemmings continue to think they have the biblical Gift of Prophecy. I don’t see that in the writings of thinking people.
    As for calling the Harperites “middle of the “road”… LOL!! It must be a narrow gravel back road somewhere, because they’re nowhere near the middle of any highway!

    On the topic of a Liberal “setback”, however, it seems to me that it’s the backroom boys, probably the same guys who begged Iggy to come back and be crowned leader and who went ahead and did it after Dion resigned, who are the ones in need of replacing. Who decided that the Interim Leader had to swear on a stack of Bibles NOT to run for leader? Right! It was those guys, not the membership!

  9. Craig Chamberlain

    “Folks like Jim are simply trolling to advance their preferred outcome, which is to have an American-styled party system they think they can dominate.”

    “Actually, their preferred outcome is a one-party state. The existence of an effective and viable Opposition appears to be deeply offensive to them.”

    Yes. And that’s what we have, and more, with a Party of One MP controlling a majority in the HofC. The one-party issue is moot if you have it so that no other party is able to replace the governing party. The fed Cons are excited about not having to run against a fiscally responsible party with corporate credentials that has a social edge to it as well — and so we are seeing the trolling like Jim’s comments. The idea is, if you say something enough, like the Liberals having no direction, etc., etc. it becomes true. So really, having an NDP as their opposition is to them like having a one party system, in that they have no expectation that Canadians will vote in a socialist government. The recent fed election result in Ontario would support that view.

  10. I still wonder when the “stub headed chimps” are going to demand that their agenda of right-wing social engineering (as Newt would say) and laissez-faire economics will be implemented.

    Unless of course the most vocal HarperCon supporters (SoCons and Bloggin’ Tories, for example) were just all FULL OF SHIT.

  11. Craig Chamberlain

    Yep. Mostly big talk and a lot of ideologically-driven tinkering. Most of them would crap their pants if they were required to make good on their rhectoric.

    BTW, Murphy’s kind esteem in this piece towards Rae seems to me to be about disguising his true objective — bringing discredit to Justin Trudeau. Rae was just window dressing.

  12. Yeah, maybe… but I’m not a mind reader so I can’t be sure what Rex’s motives were for this affectionate tribute to Bob Rae.

    As for our faux “conservative” friends, I think the next few years will clearly demonstrate their complete lack of seriousness about any of their ideological posturing. At the end of the day it was all about POWER and their TEAM winning. For what end… who knows? In actuality, they have no principles or big ideas.

  13. Craig Chamberlain

    Agreed. But their pretending can get us into a lot of trouble.

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