The blogs have already been all over Frank McKenna's (latest) decision not to seek the Liberal leadership. So, Liberal Messiah Search 2009 continues. I wanted to touch on his reasoning though, which seemed to go largely unexamined:
Rebuilding the federal Liberals and restoring the party to a majority government will take more time than he's ready to give, Frank McKenna said Tuesday.
The 60-year-old former New Brunswick premier formally ruled himself out of the leadership race to replace Stephen Dion.
``The challenge of winning the leadership, restoring the health of the Liberal party and returning a Liberal majority government requires a longer time commitment than I am prepared to make,'' McKenna said in a news release.
It's true, getting back into government is a long-term project. I give him credit for recognizing that fixing the Liberal Party is no short-term project, even for him. And if Frank isn't able or willing to make the commitment needed to that project, then he made the right choice in bowing out.
Whomever does run, and wins, needs to be in this thing for the long-haul, and needs to be willing to make that commitment. And frankly, we as Liberal Party members, as well as the caucus and the anonymous seniors, need to recognize that this is going to be a long-term project.
It won't happen overnight. It won't be fixed in one election. We need a leader committed to the long-term, and we need to give that leader our support and help, and the time to get it done. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers