Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bob Rae is a class act...

...We already knew that, of course, but it was merely reinforced today. Bob took a bullet for the party today and did the right thing for his fellow Liberals and indeed all Canadians.

Now the new leader can get to work on rebuilding the party and challenging this pathetic government on the issues of the day, most importantly the economy. I wish Michael Ignatieff the best of luck as he embarks on this great journey. The country is depending on him.

6 comments:

sassy said...

Bob took a bullet for the party today he did the right thing for his fellow Liberals and indeed all Canadians. and, he did it with grace, style and humour.

I hope Rae stays around as he will be such an asset to the new team.

Torontonian said...

It should be obvious that Rae will be Ignatieff's turn-to guy for counsel.

By withdrawing from the leadership contests, Rae has chosen to concede to Ignatieff's leadership skills and serve as his back-up in Question Period.

I wouldn't want to be the recipient of a 1-2 Ignatieff-Rae punch in QP!

Harper, take note!

Bo Green said...

A leadership race with the membership calling the shots would be "the right thing", in my opinion. I'd feel that way whether Rae or MI or LeBlanc got to be leader. This is a real shame.

Bo Green said...

Still curious how this was "the right thing".

Matt Guerin said...

It was the right thing because Bob Rae was going to lose this race, whether it be now or in January or in May. Consensus is consensus. In a two-man race, most Liberals preferred Ignatieff over Rae by a landslide. There was a historic urgency to settle the leadership question asap - I would've preferred a wide vote, but I'll accept an acclamation. Rae bowing out graciously eased divisions and now provides greater predictability for the party and the country.

Bo Green said...

I'm not convinced. Frankly, much as many of Clinton's attacks on Obama shocked me, I have to admit that he came out of it a much better candidate to go against McCain. Ignatieff's never had to campaign -- his seat is a totally safe Liberal one, it was never any contest and he walked into Parliament without any struggle. Obama's race for Senate was bigger than anything ignatieff's run for. We'll see, and soon, but I think it's a genuine shame there wasn't more of a real competetion for this.

It's not "historic" - Dion rolled over for Harper every single time; another 6 months wasn't going to kill anyone. Going for Goodale or etc would have been smarter.