Thursday, January 06, 2011

Are they really Liberals?

Susan Delacourt is right to be wary of the seemingly endless supply of sources proclaiming themselves to be Liberal strategists based on past affiliation while announcing their desire to see the party fail in the present. But there's a flip side to that reason for skepticism which also deserves some attention.

After all, the assumption that the Libs should be considered the alternative government in waiting is itself based in no small part on the party's historical record - in which those same fair-weather supporters presumably played a part. So if the media is going to start noting that some substantial portion of those proclaiming themselves to be Liberals out of habit are actually working to undermine the party, it should also take the opportunity to question exactly how much of a natural party base the Libs can actually claim.

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