Swifter and fiercer than most imagined, the knives are truly coming out for Stéphane Dion since his announced back-room deal with Elizabeth May.
Here, here, and here.
But it’s not the only reason Liberals are turning on Dion.
There have been the 16 MPs who have announced they won’t be running, including the incredible departure of Belinda Stronach.
Liberals are panicking over meek candidate recruitment (what does it say when “Jodie” from “Today’s Special” is considered a star candidate?)
Liberals are falling far behind the other parties in fund raising.
Dion’s personal polling numbers have dramatically tumbled to Stockwell Day levels.
And less tangible, there is also the sense that the people around Dion - who long-time Liberal Ray Heard calls "control freaks"- aren’t up to the task.
But Dion’s ridiculous and inexplicable deal with a party that has no seats has become the flash point for Liberals.
Where this goes next is anyone’s guess. Recent history has shown that Liberals do internal wars better than anything else. It is now established fact that Paul Martin’s “Board” dispatched Chretien and his acolytes over 11 years with brutal efficiency compared to how they governed and ran elections.
While the Herle-Reid instincts take over and the Liberal Party becomes a font of anonymous comment, secretive backstabbing and internal leaks, the NDP is the only party with a leader Canadians actually like and its guns facing outward -- actually in a position to take on Harper.