It’s hard to see Iggy as much of a “change agent” for the LPC.
The vitriolic, hateful and profoundly ignorant comments attached to various mainstream media stories regarding his announcement are just a small taste of the vile, toxic nastiness to come…
Update: Warren Kinsella makes the case for Ignatieff…
Because I believe the country needs a leader like him right now – one who has a broader view, and who can lead us through the tremendously difficult economic times we all face. One who inspires people, and doesn’t simply offer cutesy quips. One with intellectual depth (like a Trudeau), and one with an unashamed love of this amazing country (like a Chrétien). One whose values – as I have now learned – more closely correspond to the values of Canadians: tolerance; diversity; respect; integrity. One who – unlike the ones across the aisle – isn’t angry at the things which make Canada great, and who seems to actually like the place. One who listens, as he did with me.
Do political considerations enter into it? For sure. Of course! The Liberal Party needs a winner, and Ignatieff – in everything he has done in his life – is certainly that. The Liberal Party needs someone who can fundraise, and recruit, and who understands the crucial necessity of balancing the books. The Liberal Party needs someone who can communicate to Canadians that compassion and strength are not inconsistent concepts. The Liberal Party is hurting, badly, and it needs someone to bring every single Grit together, as Ignatieff has done – improbably, remarkably – with formerly fierce combatants in the Chrétien-Martin wars (eg., me, and people like me – who I never thought would agree on anything). We need someone who can bring the party back to the centre – where the votes are.
I read through his piece and the bottom line on the Ignatieff candidacy still seems to read: problematic.
Update: Quite an impressive website.