Angelo Persichilli writes about the ongoing self destruction of the grits. Couldn't happen to nicer people. It seems there are many factions. Not surprising for a party that has no principles and only exists to gain power and distribute money to their friends. Ok , I admit I am guilty of shadenfreude.
It took 10 years, from 1993 to 2003, for the Conservatives to put aside most of their differences and work together. It’s ironic that the same year the Tories started bridging their differences, the Liberals grew apart.
Moreover, the division among them is more dangerous. The Conservative fight was in the open and the division was a clear split between two visions. The Liberals are more than divided, they are fragmented by personal vendettas, jealousies and a lack of leadership.
Despite the front of a happy family, they are fighting each other over differences from the past while creating new ones. This fight no longer has anything to do with Martin and Chrétien; it’s about the metastasis of that disease which has taken on a life of its own.
One symptom is the way the party makes changes. Whether they involve staff or a leader, they are always traumatic. People don’t leave, they’re politically executed.
Debris from hard-fought leadership conventions has always been present in the Liberal party, but things deteriorated when the Liberals tried to get rid of John Turner, and they got out of control during the Chrétien-Martin feud.
Ever since, Liberal leaders have been changed in much the same way the old Soviet Union used to renew its leadership — each successor would obliterate his predecessor, who was forced out in disgrace.
The symbolism around the Liberal leader has changed. Post-Chrétien, each Liberal leader has become a puppet in the hands of a small group of backroom individuals fighting each other while waiting for their turn to be on top — with the same or another puppet leader — and using their positions to get even with their rivals.
Recent history is full of good people humiliated and loyalties destroyed. They want respect and loyalty from the same people they publicly humiliate. Their culture of entitlement makes them believe they can trample over anyone and then impose loyalty in times of need.
Is this is the new grit theme song? It sucks to be a grit..