From the Vancouver Sun:
OTTAWA -- Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy is urging Liberals to elect almost anybody but Michael Ignatieff as party leader on grounds the Toronto MP would rob the Liberals of a clear alternative to the Conservative government on the likeliest wedge issue of the next election: Canada's military mission in Afghanistan.
So Lloyd is on the Stop Iggy! band-wagon. He really lays into Ignatieff, calling him:
...a creation of "downtown Toronto powerbrokers" who does not understand liberalism, has no common touch and will lead the Liberals to another defeat by robbing them of a policy on Afghanistan that is distinct from the government.
All standard stuff, but I think the "no common touch" charge is especially worthy of note. Reading Iggy, watching him speak, its hard to see him able to connect with anyone possessing an IQ of less than 160 (and indeed I think his "rock-star" appeal among Canada's Intelligentsia is all to do with the fact that, finally, a "smart guy" has a chance to become PM).
But so much brainpower and so little good judgment! As Lloyd says:
"Afghanistan is going to be the wedge issue in the next election," Axworthy said. "Mr. Ignatieff has shown horrible, bad political judgment on that issue. And he wasn't just a supporter of the war in Iraq, he was an outspoken apologist and advocate for it. It would make it impossible for a Liberal party to provide an alternative to the Conservative government if he was leader."
Axworthy is a Rae supporter, but presumably the "conversation" he expects Iggy's leadership rivals to have before the convention might have Rae stepping aside to support Dion, who is probably the most viable anti-Iggy candidate available (and walking proof that intellectuals don't have to be stupid).
Well, I'm off to roam the Kawarthas.