If you have read any of my previous diary postings at Progressive Bloggers you will know I am a big Bob Rae supporter and I voted for him during the Liberal leadership campaign. Last night we learned that Bob Rae will run in Toronto Centre, Ontario. I admit when I first heard this I was somewhat confused and disappointed. I think Bob Rae could win an NDP held seat easily and I would have liked to see his star power used to pick up another seat. We need a net gain in seats, not just to maintain the status quo.
Then I read the John Lennard Experience blog and I saw a comment that said the reason Bob Rae may be running in the safe seat is because the Liberal’s need him so badly in parliament. If the seat was not safe the Liberals would have to throw a whole bunch of money at the riding to ensure he wins it. I have doubts that it would require a ton of money and effort for Rae to win in a NDP held seat, but suppose I can go along with this argument. I think Bob Rae has enough charisma, charm and smarts to win an NDP riding pretty easily. His campaign would easily garner a good deal of media attention no matter where he chose to run. Nonetheless, I am very pleased he will be on the Liberal benches after the next election.
So where are the Liberal stars east of Ontario? Are they are all going to run in Ontario? Is this a good idea? What about someone to bring up the reinforcements on the Western Front?