Leading up to second ballot results in the Canadian Liberal Leadership Convention, a few observations:
Much is being made of Stephane Dionâ€™s being *everybodyâ€™s second choice*.
While that is mathematically a good thing, it doesnâ€™t resound well for the future federal election campaign. I can see the bumper stickers now.
I was amused by Scott Brisonâ€™s explanation of how he, a former Progressive Conservative, can endorse a former NDP Premier: He quoted the song, â€œStuck in the Middle With Youâ€, the middle being the Liberal Party:
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you…
I donâ€™t know how many might have caught this but Mike Duffy is on the 3-coast bandwagon, coast to coast to coast – the third coast being the Arctic, which is in dispute as Canadian territory.
Good on Mike.
Most creative observation that I saw:
â€œThe morning started off like kind of a damp squid for youâ€: Lloyd Robertson to Ignatieff.
Lamest explanation for a poorer-than expected showing on the first ballot:
Michael Ignatieff: because he was the last speaker, a significant number of his delegates failed to vote.
And the corollary, Ignatieff supporter and former Ontario Premier David Peterson: â€œthere are two kinds of momentum, superficial and real…â€
Latest news of the deal between Kennedy and Dion seems to be all kinds of momentum; and now Ignatieff and Rae are shaking hands. Uh-oh…
Pauline Brock is a freelance writer in Montreal Canada, whose blogs include ObstiNation and the Canadian Moonbrat.