Grandstanding does work. The babilicious Brigette DePape did it and she's become internationally famous and probably refusing more job offers in the last day than James Morton gets in a year. Jack Layton has been doing it by flirting with separatists and with nonsense talk about how he has the power to bring down the government, and the last poll out had him at 34% and the LPoC at 15%. Meanwhile Bob Rae got one line in the papers after he lisped weakly that the Tories throne speech indicated a certain complacency. In our current political circumstance nuance is out, and energy (whether from the Right or the Left) is what's playing. If anything, the LPoC needs a new RatPack, but noting the age lines on most of their current caucus, I wonder if such a thing is likely.
Please note that James Morton is a sharp guy that's not often wrong. But he is today And you can read his post by clicking anywhere on this post.