My computer's battery died before I could finish this yesterday. But onward!
Joyce Murray gave a strong, substantive speech. You can watch it here. And it went over fairly well, generally speaking, though the showcase crowd gave fairly muted responses to all of the speakers other than Justin. However, when Murray got into a discussion of how her "one time" cooperative deal with the NDP and Green Party would actually work, she seemed to lose people. And no wonder: you get your nomination and you have to engage in a "run-off" with the Green and NDP candidate for a chance to take on the local Tory. That's almost like having to win a nomination twice; and two campaigns sound twice as expensive.
Certainly, Murray's promoting cooperation got nowhere the applause that Justin's denunciation of the same idea did. And, say what you will about Justin Trudeau, he has learned how to give a speech, his presentation being head and shoulders above the other potentials. Although, this morning, I am still struggling to recall the details of any policy proposals he might have mentioned: he's for Keystone, against Northern Gateway. respects the West, and yada yada yada.
As to the others, Martha Hall Findlay was surprisingly non-abrasive. And while Martin Cauchon, the last of the candidates up, spoke on I was reminded of that scene in Woodstock where Jimmy Hendrix plays to an empty field. Cauchon must have looked out at the room as the crowd trickled away and thought "There's $75,000 I won't see again."
Overall I'd note that this leadership go round has been fought pretty cleanly, especially when compared to 2006. I can't see the same kind of divisions going forward, though there were plenty of jokes told about "anonymous liberals" around the showcase floor. In fact, Jeff Jedras (with the Coyne campaign) told a funny story about how he was quoted anonymously in a media piece when he had not requested it. I guess its more fun for the media to pretend its all about back-stabbing in the LPC. Thankfully, it isn't.