Michael Ignatieff demonstrating why he is such an awful politician (or a typical one, depending on your point of view), responding yesterday to reporters’ questions about whether he would contemplate the possibility of forming a coalition government should results of the forthcoming election make one possible.
Instead of categorically rejecting the idea of a post-election coalition in no uncertain terms, Ignatieff opted to peddle the line that all voters opposed to Harper had no option but to vote Liberal.
In doing so, he left the door wide open to continued attacks from the Conservatives on this front in addition to reinforcing their argument that a majority is needed to avoid what they’ve described in the past as a “coup” by Ignatieff and his “Coalition partners.”
Not to mention the fact that it will give reporters the opportunity to relentlessly badger him about it on the campaign trail for weeks to come, effectively providing a needless distraction from whatever other message he may be trying to push. Then, even if he does eventually come out with a unequivocal statement on the matter, the question will turn to why he didn’t say so in the first place, thereby bringing his sincerity into doubt.
Dumb beyond belief.
If this is what can be expected from Iggy in terms of his political savvy, it doesn’t bode well for the prospects of the Liberal campaign.