"How good is that going to be for the Liberals? It's clear that - as with the British Tories and Mrs Thatcher - dumping Chretien came at too high a price for party unity, discipline and effectiveness. None of that is going to improve until Martin's gone. If the Liberals against all the odds come out with more seats than the Tories on Monday night, what are the chances of getting rid of him swiftly?
If I were a Grit looking to the party's medium-term prospects, I'd be hoping the scary stuff bellyflops. For any non-Martinite fanatic with a eye to the real interests of the Liberals, the really scary thing would be if the scary stuff works."
Sunday, January 22, 2006