What passes for debate among some in the blog world rages now as NDP members take up the sport of finger pointing, which incidentally requires little marshaling of facts, only opinions. The group now managing NDP fortunes shouted Le Roi est mort! but forgot the second half of that expression, which is Vive le Roi!
They made clear whom they rejected as leader but the Gang of Thirteen did not announce whom they accept. Given present turmoil, potential leadership candidates, beyond Caspar Milquetoast replicas, will be scarce. No candidates of superior quality will step up to lead a party in which a self-selected clique imposes their will on others.
In early days at least, BC voters also have reservations. Angus Reid poll results from December 7 and 8 show major shifting of support. NDP is down 11% and Liberals up 10%. Pollster Mario Canseco said he’s never seen this big a shift in public opinion in just one month. It was only a short while ago that Canseco said that he had never seen a leader more disliked than Gordon Campbell.
Canseco believes the NDP’s internal problems are part of the reason the party has lost a 21-point lead in one month, but notes Campbell’s resignation may have played a bigger roll in return of Liberal support.