The lesson from this story also applies here, I think. The best spin I can put on the party's behavior is that they're dithering because they're not sure yet whether we'll be having a Spring election, and if not, maybe they have more time to find a "star" candidate. Or, alternatively: maybe they're just grubbing around desperately for a "star" candidate, election timing aside.
Either way, not helpful behavior. That is all.