Musings —06.12.2012 12:00 AM—
Serious enough that the smearmongers are now frantically trying to stop his momentum. Serious enough that nasty rumours and scurrilous allegations are now being circulated in some Grit circles — anonymously, natch — to try to persuade the Montreal Liberal MP to stay out of the coming contest.
It’s hard to say if the smears will ever see the light of day. But in the Internet age — when a lie can travel around the world 10 times before its target is even out of bed — anything is possible.
It’s disgusting, of course. It’s dumb, it’s despicable. It’s also bad strategy. Only now emerging from the political burn unit in the “Vikileaks” affair, you’d think Liberal apparatchiks would have learned their lesson about trading in this sort of garbage.
There, some Grits (including one in interim leader Bob Rae’s office) were found to have been behind a covert effort to publicize details about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ divorce. That muckraking backfired on them badly, and resulted in an angry Rae firing the fall guy in the affair, and apologizing to Toews on the floor of the House of Commons.
Now, there’s a reason for all of this unpleasantness, of course. It’s because, if Trudeau runs, Trudeau will win. Hands down.
There have been some polls strongly suggesting that only Justin Trudeau can lift Grits out of the ignominy of rump status in the House of Commons. An Ipsos poll conducted in the past week found 35% of Canadians have a positive impression of the 40-year-old son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
That’s double what Rae received in the same poll, and far, far ahead of any other contender for the top Lib job.