In fact, this latest gaffe is probably Iggy's worst, the one that could bring him down-- the rhetorical equivalent of setting your tie aflame during a CTV interview, and then hopping around on stage making whooping noises as you attempt to put out the fire. I am beginning to think that the Iggy/George W. Bush comparisons are incorrect. Rather, he is starting to remind me of Mr. Bean, whose ability to wreak havoc with only a word or two has often been compared to a force five hurricane (see photo below).
In any case, Stephen Harper's response to this controversy is particularly interesting and, I think, gives a glimpse of the strategy the Tories are likely to employ should Iggy become Lib Leader. From The Globe:
The Prime Minister, however, was quick to exploit the opening, saying he cannot figure out what Mr. Ignatieff believes.
“In the summer, he said he didn't lose any particular sleep over the event. Yesterday he said it was a war crime, and today his spokesperson is saying that's not quite what he meant, it was slightly more nuanced. Our position has always been that was a terrible tragedy,” Mr. Harper said in Vancouver."
Call this the Iggy as John Kerry Meme: the guy's so "nuanced" he can either mean two things at once or nothing at all. In a debate, I could see a version of it being applied to Iggy on Torture, Iggy on Gulf War II (in light of your remarks on Qana, was the invasion a "war crime" or not?), Iggy on You Name It.
Bob Rae's and his naked ass, Dion the rat-faced man, are both starting to look pretty good in comparison.
WHO IS MORE FIT TO LEAD?