Angelo Perschillo thinks the grits are run by amateurs, including republican donolo. The ndp takeover of the grits is being encouraged by donolo. I guess donolo only looked like a winner, when the Tories were bitterly divided. republican donolo and iffy are forming new cracks in grit unity which may ideologically destroy the wishy washy centrist grits.
"Our party," a Liberal MP told me last week, "has been taken over by two former NDP premiers, Ujjal Dosanjh, with the Afghanistan issue, and now Bob Rae with abortion."
These sentiments are not new. Last month, Dan Donovan, publisher of Ottawa Life magazine, wrote: "Many lifelong Liberals, like me, are disgusted with Rae and Dosanjh and their antics. Their agenda is to do whatever they can to attack the Prime Minister and defence minister, even if it means tarring the reputation of Canada and the Canadian Forces."
But I suspect that last Tuesday's mess had little to do with Rae. In fact, the former Ontario premier washed his hands of the matter, telling his caucus colleagues that the motion he presented was given to him late and that he had reservations.
The sophomoric strategy seems to have come directly from the office of the leader: Ignatieff's chief of staff, Peter Donolo, is on record as saying that it is important to win NDP votes in order to get back into government.