I had to work for most of the day, but I managed to catch a few glimpses of the Liberal Leadership Race; enough to generally know what was going on. I've come up with a few thoughts about the contenders.
Bob Rae: When he lost the third ballot, boy he looked mad! Then he didn't endorse any of the remaining candidates. I guess I can see why Rae was mad: this was his last chance to prove to the world that Bob Rae was not a loser, as he his probably too old to go for another run. Well, now history shall prove Rae to be a two time loser: first as premier of Ontario and second as a Liberal Leadership candidate. I don't think he is going to stick with the Liberals and run in the next election: this man has tasted leadership, and I don't think he is going to settle for being a cabinet minister. Being the opportunist he is, Rae will probably go back to private sector work and participate on government commissions.
Gerald Kennedy: I hope that Dion is thanking him profusely right now, as he gave the momentum needed for Dion to win. I see him in a powerful cabinet post in the future, possibly Finance or Industry. He also looks like the heir apparent right now, which could be interesting, creating something like a Trudeau/Turner, Turner/Chretien, Chretien/Martin relationship. As we know, most of those ended in a internal Liberal Civil War...
Scott Brison: I thought he burnt some bridges with Dion today, by going over to the Iggnatieff camp and ranting on and on how Dion could not win in Quebec. I think that this act will result in Brison having a lesser cabinet position then he would have otherwise.
Micheal Iggnatieff: His future could be interesting, depending on his actions. He is too old for another leadership run, but he could stay on and maybe have a cabinet position. However, that cabinet position is going to be one that minimizes the possible damage a Iggnatieff gaffe (TM) could cause. Or he could step out of politics and write a book about being a leadership contender.
Stéphane Dion: Well, he won. I've always thought that he had a good chance of coming up the middle, but there were times where I thought he doomed himself, like the Orchard endorsement.