Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Liberals need a timeout, not too much soul-searching
While I agree with James Travers on almost everything he has to say about the current broken state of the Liberal party, there is one area where I differ. Essentially, I'm not sure if now is the time for some kind of prolonged look in the mirror for the Liberals -- at least not while using the leadership race for such ends. Why? Well, mostly because the A-list candidates have already dropped out like flies. This indicates that the party is not likely to govern for the foreseeable future nor will it be led by its best talent. Under these circumstances, a great rebirth is a tough challenge. What's more realistic is some semblance of getting their act together. This shouldn't take a prolonged leadership race -- just a competently run affair. After Paul Martin, competence is a good first step.