The grits have picked bob rae for their sinking ship. That is probably their best choice. The grits visibility is already fast fading and the cuts to electoral welfare will just cause them to fade even faster. I think bob is competent but he is essentially a dipper in grit clothing. He should guarantee the blue grits stay away and that is good for the Tories. The blue grits in Ontario will almost certainly run from a party with bob rae as its leader.
Gerry Nichols has a good piece on this latest grit strategy. Remember rae couldn't beat dion or iffy.
Rae is clearly viewed as the party’s best hope for staying in the public eye and remaining credible in the political fray against a Conservative majority and the newly boosted strength of the New Democratic Party. Liberals are aware that neither Prime Minister Stephen Harper nor NDP Leader Jack Layton have any interest in seeing the Liberals bounce back — that they may indeed share a desire to see the party die altogether.
John McCallum, one of the Liberal MPs who did manage to hold on to his seat on May 2, didn’t sugar-coat the situation facing the Liberals when he spoke to reporters Wednesday, and explained why Rae was needed in the leader’s job.
“We’ve gone to 19 per cent of the vote. I don’t think that’s a floor. I think there’s a risk that if we’re not smart, if we don’t act well, we could go even lower,” McCallum said. “We have to put our strongest person on the ice, someone who can take on Layton and Harper in the House, someone who can give good sound bites to the media; somebody who can speak with passion and with humour and someone with experience and political instincts to respond to a fluid situation.”