Well it hasn't taken too very long for the stalwart Liberal insiders to start gunning for Stephane Dion. I have been vocal in my criticism of his leadership from the get-go but the Liberal Party as a whole is at fault for their current sad state. Stephane Dion did not make the party into the weak kneed losing machine that we see suddenly trying to crawl out from under blame for their historic losses. Stephane Dion did not single handedly fail to raise funds, confidence and interest from inside and from outside of the party ranks. And Dion did not fail to make an honest effort to lead a party that seemed to be indifferent to the tide rising against it. Now suddenly the knives are drawn and we see what really drove the Liberal Party through this electoral season, spite, avarice and bloody minded stupidity. To say nothing of rank incompetence. Way to go, fools.
Where were the Liberal voices over the last two years calling out Harper and the Conservative smear machine for their low brow, anti-intellectual attacks on their leader? Where were the Liberal responses to the constant barrage of ridicule and belittlement heaped on M Dion? Where were the Liberals willing to fight back against the sociopathic void that Stephen Harper displays in lieu of charisma? They were all bumbling about, quailing in fear of the big blue meanies and plotting their own ascendance. For months at a time it seemed the only Liberal voice defending Dion was that of terminal crybaby and obnoxoius wanker Jason Cherniak. That was the face of courage of in the Liberal Party? You sad fucks are lucky you won as many seats as you did.
So now the Liberals, in full flounder, are going to plunge into the next four years of Harper's uninterrupted, minority autocracy busily shooting their own feet off at every turn. At a time when continuity of leadership will be vital, the Liberals will set to squabbling and jockeying for the empty vessel of power. And what a display of future losing power we will get to witness. Bob Rae, hated and reviled through much of the last remaining Liberal stronghold in Ontario or Michael Ignatieff the authentic ivory tower elite who is perhaps the only potential candidate with less charisma than Dion and less warmth than Harper. Good luck with that. Here's my prediction for the two presumptive front runners, Canada will never, ever elect either of those two as Prime Minister.
Strange as it may seem, after my having called for Dion to be replaced while the Liberals were hiding from votes and refusing to stand up against the Cons, I am now going to call upon Dion to dig in his heels and tell the party snot rags that surround him to get fucked. This campaign showed Dion to be a decent person, certainly a smart person and a man with at least some potential. There are simply no better choices for the Liberals at this time. Another leadership convention will burn away what funds are available and serve no purpose but to further make the party appear unfit for trust or leadership in the house. With the reduced caucus, it is an opportunity for the Liberal Party of Canada to start throwing back at the Cons. As official opposition without enough seats to pose an immediate threat to the Cons, minus a large well of support from the Bloc and Layton's wannabe party, there is no reason not to start kicking the living shit out of every Con effort to frame legislation. Clearly the tone of Canadian politics under the Cons has taken a turn for the ugly, the juvenile and the mean. It is time for the opposition to take off the gloves and rake Steve Harper's dumpy ass over the coals.
Find a picture of Steve looking like a giant goober and paste that bitch on every billboard in every battleground riding in the land. Mock the awkward clumsiness of the man, tear him apart and piss on the pieces. Where are the clips of Mr Wooden garbling his French? Put them on an endless loop for the citizens of Quebec to enjoy. And most importantly, develop coherent policies, frame them in an attractive package and kick the living hell out of every retrograde move the Cons make. Harper and his team of adolescent stooges have set the ground rules, time to beat them at their own game. If the Liberal Party of Canada can't figure that out then we'll be watching them fade into irrelevance.