Musings —03.27.2013 01:37 PM—
A reporter contacted me today about the interim leader’s departure. Here’s what I said:
He’s been like many last-term presidents and Prime Ministers – when they’re no longer seeking another term, they end up having their greatest accomplishments.
I opposed him, openly and loudly, as a possible full-time leader of the Liberal Party. (He, meanwhile, seemingly detested Yours Truly – calling me a “stupid blogger” at least once!)
My opposition to him was nothing personal – he had a record from Ontario as an NDP Premier, and it was a bad one. As much as he would have liked to erase it, it was part of the historical record. It was what it was. The Conservatives were going to use it against him.
But, since he announced a year or so ago that he intended to keep his promise, and not seek the full-time leadership, he’s been outstanding.
I say this as someone who has never been a huge fan of Bob Rae: he has literally been one of the reasons the Liberal Party has been kept alive. After the May 2011 disaster, everyone expected the Liberal Party to disappear. Bob Rae – along with others – kept that from happening.
Not to get all Biblical or anything, but I liken this new phase in his life to Moses. He led his people to the edge of the promised land, but he isn’t entering it himself. That will be his most enduring legacy.