...the Tories engineer their own defeat this Fall over, for example, the Softwood Lumber deal. How does a leaderless Liberal Party play the election to follow? TDH Strategies has some ideas:
This then brings up a valid question, sent in by one of this website's regular readers: what will be the battle strategy of the Liberals? Well, in my opinion, if we were forced into such an unenviable position, the best thing that we could do would be to make use of the multiple candidates that are running for the top job. Thing of it...Michael Ignatieff in the Maritimes talking about wind power and sustainable energy...Gerard Kennedy in British Columbia talking about a new platform for immigrants...Scott Brison in Ontario, talking about economic innovation. Any leader debates would have to be handled by Bill Graham, but it would be a very interesting endeavors to make use of the breadth and strength of the 11 declared candidates.
This might work. I think the leadership debates would be a problem, however. Doubts about Bill Graham's debating abilities aside, I wonder what he would say when asked about Afghanistan (for example), and who he would claim to be speaking for? It's too bad the party couldn't put together a short-list of top-tier candidates (Dion, Iggy, Kennedy, and maybe Rae), and parcel out the debates to them, after having agreed in advance to a fairly generic Lib platform with space for disagreement over specific issues.
Although I suppose there would be problems with this as well. Iggy's ability to stick his foot in his mouth, for example.