Retweeted tea leaves


On Saturday, Bob Rae retweeted a link to a newspaper column that suggested he might be the best person to lead the Liberals into the next election. But on Sunday, Bob Rae retweeted someone quoting him about his own interim status.

Whatever one makes of all that, Mr. Rae’s comments of two weeks ago, to an audience at Carleton University, seem fairly definitive.

As for Rae’s part in becoming the new leader now that Michael Ignatieff has stepped down? “It won’t be me,” he said, to which the atmosphere in the room became heavy. “I’m not going to run for leadership.” 


Retweeted tea leaves

  1. “…Because my backroom boys will intimidate everyone else into ‘forcing it on me’ by acclamation, ‘for the good of the party.'”

    • I’m in rare agreement!  The word ‘interim’ has been for show from the start.

  2. What is with msm’s endless fascination with clapped out interim leader of third party who may or may not run for leader in 2013? How about some coverage of race for leader of oppo and, as an added bonus, is actually happening at moment? Maybe Jedras can make himself useful and tell us about the NDP race for leader of oppo while we wait till 2013 for Libs and their stirring race for leader of third party. 

    Rae is snake in the grass, not to be trusted. Liberal Party is moribund so I am curious to know why Rae has taken on job of interim leader if not to become official leader. Doesn’t Rae have better things to do with his time if he’s not going to have future in politics? 

    Liberal Party of Canada = Liberal Party of UK

    Wiki ~ The Liberal Party was one of the two major political parties of the United Kingdom during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a third party of negligible importance throughout the latter half of the 20th Century …. Originally supporters of Classical Liberalism, the party moved towards Social Liberalism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and came to be seen as on the centre-left of British politics.

    • From a cursory search of Wherry’s posts for the last 7 days, I count the following:

      # posts on NDP leadership race/contenders: 6
      # posts on Liberal leadership/renewal: 4

      Seems like a reasonable balance to me.

      • Have you not been getting the memos?  It doesn’t have to be true, it just has to be plausible, and if you say something often enough, it becomes conventional wisdom.  Looking at evidence and facts is simply a waste of time.

  3. Even though Rae has said he won’t run for leadership, I kinda wouldn’t blame him if he changed his mind.  I mean, I don’t see anyone else within the Liberal caucus who has an ounce of leadership in them.

    Does anyone have any idea if there are non-caucus members who may throw their hats in the ring?

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