Remember how worried we were about all the Martinites getting behind one candidate? Interesting column by the Post’s Adam Radwanski on Bob Rae and the heavy concentration of key former Jean Chretien supporters on his campaign team.
Is Chretien really pulling the strings behind the scenes though? While I wouldn’t be surprised, I have to wonder if it’s more of a John Rae thing than a Jean Chretien thing. I can think of at least one rabid Jean-a-holic that isn’t keen on the idea of Rae as Liberal leader.
Myself, I'm tired of hearing about Martinites and Chretienites. Remember when we were Liberals?
The old gang's back
It was supposed to be Paul Martin's supporters who wouldn't let it go. Who refused to relinquish control of the Liberal party until it was pried from their cold dead hands. Who tried desperately to relive past glories because they couldn't quite figure out what to do with themselves now. Who insisted on dragging the party back into the past, rather than let it move forward into the future. Who were expected to find some stalking horse, and then give him the dubious pleasure of doing for him what they did for Paul Martin.
And yet, less than four months before Liberals gather in Montreal to choose their new leader, the senior Martinites are nowhere to be found - at least collectively. A few have scattered to various candidates; most seem to have stayed out of the race entirely. This may not be by choice; after leading the Liberals into the ground, they're not facing bidding wars for their services. But say this much for them: For once, they can lay legitimate claim to the high road over Jean Chretien's crowd.