"Insiders concede Ignatieff would prefer more time to rebuild the party and prepare for an election. Moreover, Liberal strategists see little upside to Ignatieff taking the reins of government at the start of what is promising to be a deep, severe recession. They'd rather let Harper take the blame for the economic pain."
I wonder who the Liberal strategists are?
It is really beginning to appear the strategy, if that's what one wishes to call it, is to wait for another Coronation. Like the Chretien deal, where victory comes by default, and all that's important is being in the right place at the right time.
What about a moral duty to the Country? What about all that depth of talent they keep telling us about? Platitudes is depth?.
With Liberal bloggers and a significant amount of commenter's to their blogs, stating displeasure in the choice of and direction of this new regime, many of which seem to be saying au revoir, been nice to know you; one would think the strategists might take notice.
This upcoming budget is going to provide a lot of answers. Such things as who does want the reins? If Harper comes out spending like mad, then he wants to continue. He will back off the Liberals, and likely end the chances of a coalition ever coming to pass. If he puts poison pills in along with big spending, Ignatieff, will be between a rock and a hard place. Similar to Dion, but minus the leaks. If he comes in with a budget void of significant assistance for the most needy, then he retains his ultra conservative base, forces Ignatieff's hand, leaving him the choice of voting against it, or losing face.
Much will depend on whether the Harperite egos can consider risking power, after having supped from the Holy Chalice.
We shall see.