“The leadership of the Liberal Party is too important a position to hand to an untested candidate hiding behind a carefully crafted public relations campaign,” Garneau said at a news conference Monday morning.
There are three problems with this:
1. It’s arrogant. It assumes (wrongly) that there are only two credible candidates in the race. Murray and Cauchon would likely feel otherwise.
2. It’s desperate. It’s what also-rans always do when they sense the end is near: they demand a match with the top dog. It’s grasping at straws. It never works.
3. It breaks the rules. They are leadership candidates, in a leadership race, with leadership rules – and lots of leadership debates. Garneau is losing, badly, so he’s started complaining about something that he never complained about before.
With the greatest of respect, I reiterate: this move is arrogant, it’s desperate, and it’s against the rules that everyone agreed to at the start.