First Manley, then McKenna, now Brian Tobin all have quickly decided not to run for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Three big names, none of whom are particularly wanting in the area of political smarts.
Does this mean they all smell the same scent of right-wing on the air? If any of them thought they had a decent shot of unseating Harper within two or three years, they'd most certainly have put their hats in the ring, rather than run screaming away from it.
That leaves Martin Cauchon, Stephan Dion, Michael Ignatieff, Anne McClelland, Belinda Stronach, Sheila Copps; perhaps Bob Rae, Roy Romanow, Pierre Pettigrew and Ken Dryden? Clearly the three who have bowed out perceive the next Liberal leader to be a fall guy for a CPC majority mandate.
I don't take much comfort from that.
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