Saturday, November 18, 2006

Look back...waaaaay back

A fun piece from Calgary Grit yesterday on great moments in prognostication, and how the leadership race looked very different just a few months ago.

In that spirit I’d like to link back to this post I wrote...the day after the election I might add:

Jan. 24, 2006
: Why not Stephane Dion?: …The names often most mentioned, such as Frank McKenna, Belinda Stronach, John Manley, Martin Cauchon, Joe Volpe (shudder), Scott Brison, Michael Ignatieff, and so on, don't elicit much more than a yawn…I think Dion would be an intriguing choice, and he would be a candidate I could get behind. He certainly stands out from the current pack, of that there is no doubt…

I remember the reaction at the time. He’s a good guy, wouldn’t that be nice, but yeah, right. Never happen. No charisma. Bad English. Yada yada. (Pundits liked him from the start though) I had my doubts that he could play the political game myself, but he was a person with the qualities and the integrity I could respect, and feel good about supporting.

Now, nine months later, he’s fourth in delegate support just a few behind third, he’s second in ex-officio support, he’s statistically tied on electability with the top four, and in two weeks he has a real shot at becoming the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Who’d have thunk it?

Anything can still happen, but it should be exciting. For now, I'm going to get a Globe (hear there's a great piece on Dion), have some lunch and see the new Bond movie. Have a great weekend.

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Steve V said...

What is particularly striking, all those names rumored and how few actually took the plunge. Think of all the "McKenna Represents the Old Guard" posts I've missed :)

Jeff said...

I read somewhere, forget where, of rumours that disgruntled Liberals will start a "draft mckenna" movement on the convention floor. For you West Wing fans, shades of the draft Baker thing at the democratic convention that elected Santos.

Anyway, I respect Frank but I really don't think he's the guy. I'd love to be an NDP ad writer in a campaign against Frank.

Anonymous said...

Dion is clearly the best choice for not only leader of our party but to lead the country as Prime Minister.