My good friend but alas political adversary over at IMPOLITICAL takes comfort from a column by Don MacPherson in the Montreal Gazette, Quebec's conservative english language newspaper. Mac it seems thinks that Brian Topp was trying to build up so much support that Tom Mulcair would whine for a while and then decide not to enter the leadership contest..
The funny part is that if you are a Mac, a political reporter and live in Montreal, you know Mulcair rarely if ever shies away from a challenge. The idea that Topp was trying hard to keep Mulcair out of the race is ludicrous. Mulcair is passionate and skilled debater. He was always going to be in this contest and Topp's people knew that. That's not to say Topp wouldn't have preferred Mulcair's endorsement rather than challenge.
The media and my good Liberal friends would like nothing better than for Mulcair to be impaled on his own sword. That of course is always possible, though I expect a very disciplined Mulcair in this leadership contest. The prize in the end could be Prime Minster. Tom the Bomb as coined by MacPherson, may turn out to be the one that ultimately puts the final nail in the Liberal coffin.
With people like Romeo Saganash, Paul Dewar, Brian Topp, Nathan Cullen and Tom Mulcair, and possibly a couple more candidates, the NDP is putting out some very amazing front line talent, not to forget four people that decided not to run, Charlie Angus, Libby Davies, Megan Leslie and Peter Julian. The NDP leadership contest is showcasing its bench strength. It matches up very well against the Conservative Cabinet.