All I can say is thanks iffy and bob. Maybe neither of you should be grits.
But it does seem that the two former leadership rivals are finding it easier to agree with each other — and in this instance with the government — than to secure a consensus within their caucus.
As a result, they have jointly managed the singular achievement of giving Harper the elbow room he needed to change tack on Afghanistan in a way that is bound to please both NATO and the Conservative party base while making the Liberals more vulnerable to Bloc Québécois and NDP attacks on both Afghanistan and parliamentary accountability in the next election.
Since he came to office almost five years ago Harper has twice outmanoeuvred the opposition and secured parliamentary approval for extensions to Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar against long odds.
This time, though, Ignatieff and Rae outmanoeuvred themselves.