Norm Spector, apparently inhabiting a different reality from the rest of us:
The Globe and Mail’s Lawrence Martin says Stephen Harper should be reflecting on his future:
Rather than wound him, the drama has turned him into a knight in shining armour. It's made him a household name and the closest thing to a heartthrob federal politics has got. Ask most any woman and they'll tell you about Peter MacKay. Handsome, strong, hot. And oh so valorous in the wake of being so badly spurned….
Mr. MacKay is not without his own set of weaknesses. His French is halting, and he has little experience in economics or foreign affairs. Some question his depth, and many still see him as too much the opportunist, ready to cast aside principles for the sake of ambition.
But, in terms of electability, the advantages he enjoys over Mr. Harper are imposing. He has none of the hard-line baggage that scares voters. He is far more saleable down east and in Ontario, and he has youth appeal and the aforementioned star power.
It's not just the look. Charisma requires that there be granite under the glitter. And one thing no one in Ottawa questions is Mr. MacKay's combative inner core. There is a slug-it-out quality about him, a directness of approach that sets him apart.
That would be this Peter MacKay, would it?