There are many interesting stories percolating tonight about the Liberal leadership. I'd be sad to see Dominic LeBlanc drop out of the race, but I do support the apparent plans to accelerate the process so that we have a permanent leader in charge as soon as possible. I also hope that leader turns out to be Michael Ignatieff.
I'm relieved to read in this Star piece that the party is considering giving "every party member a vote by a combination of phone and online ballots," presumably in a major vote in January following a televised debate or two between the remaining candidates. That would be excellent and clearly is the way to go. All 308 ridings should have equal clout in such a vote so that the result is as fair and as accurate a portrait of grassroots support as possible.
Any talk of appointing the leader based simply on the votes of MPs and senators would be illegitimate and damage that leader's credibility going forward. If the Ignatieff camp is pushing that, my advice is to stop doing so immediately.
I'm dead set against this talk of a caucus-only vote. I'll be thoroughly disappointed if Michael Ignatieff agrees to this.