Thursday, April 19, 2012
The grits still think they are one election away from power. Grit voter Andrew Coyne doesn't think so. I have called the grits delusional in the past. Nothing has changed. Andrew Coyne: Liberals fail to grasp direness of their situation, nearly a year after collapse Andrew Coyne Apr 18, 2012 – 8:06 PM ET | Last Updated: Apr 18, 2012 9:33 PM Then-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff addresses supporters on May 2, 2011 election night after a crushing defeat that nearly destroyed the party. So that’s settled, then: Mark Carney will not be leaving the Bank of Canada, but will remain at his post, at the least to the end of his term. This will disappoint those who were hoping to lure him away to the Bank of England, but not half so much as it will disappoint those Liberals who were hoping he would come lead their party. Nothing better illustrates the present Chekhovian state of the party than the Carney fantasy. I cannot tell you how many conversations I have had with Liberals where his name comes up. No evidence is offered that he has ever once indicated a flicker of interest in the job: it’s more floated as a what-if, a wouldn’t-it-be-great, an “if you could choose anybody” kind of thing. A fantasy, in other words. As governor of the Bank, and as chairman of the group of global banking regulators known as the Financial Stability Board, Carney is currently engaged in running the world. The idea that he would give this up to run for leader of a party that is now at barely 20% in the polls — well, as I say, this tells you something about the Liberals’ grasp on reality. Once upon a time the party might have attracted that sort of talent, but the Liberals are no longer that party. There is no saviour out there, waiting to carry the Grits back to power, and the longer the party continues in this delusion, the longer it will be consigned to the margins — if it survives at all.