If you take the numbers from the last NDP leadership convention as a guide--and there is no reason not to--about 10% of the people you recruit on-line will be arsed enough about the whole enterprise to actually vote. The rest will forget they signed up. So this story is just puff. As a matter of fact, I think the only possible way to defeat Justin Trudeau at this leadership thingy in April is to get actual bodies on the floor and hope his internet army is busy dating their bong that weekend. Though it probably won't work.
And, the thing is, with the NDP nobody cared because nobody watched. I know real political affairs professionals who managed to entirely avoid that weekend of conventioneering, and I was the one to tell them how shitty the whole thing went. But it didn't matter. Mulcair gave a nice interview on Sunday, and here we are. The LPoC doesn't have that advantage. The media obsesses over us even when we're the 3rd party. We are just that sexxxy. So no flaw will go unexposed. Over-hype your on-line ambitions, and all you'll hear about afterwards is how disappointing the result was.
Word, sexxxy babies.