Is it ever a good idea to attack the guy without whom you wouldn’t have been elected in the first place? The guy you left high and dry to go to Ottawa? To attack him, a potential leadership candidate, on behalf of a declared leadership candidate?* To give high-sounding civics lessons, when you couldn’t even get re-elected in your own seat?
Or is it better strategy to understand that there has always been something else going on here?
UPDATE: And here’s a gem from the archives. There’s a lot more.
The Globe And Mail
Mon Oct 16 2006
…The heated exchanges involved three of the four major contenders, leaving out Gerard Kennedy, who warned later that the internal attacks threaten the unity and renewal of the Liberal Party.
“Unity isn’t just language, it’s what you actually do. I’m in this race because I believe we need someone new that can draw this party together. There’s still some old battles being fought on this stage,” he said.
*UPDATED TWICE*: I have been told, and I accept, that what Kennedy did was not done to boost anyone else. So that speculation on my part was wrong. My criticism of him biting the hand that long fed him, however, remains. Kennedy should read John McKay’s very perceptive comments, at the bottom of this story.