Friday, November 5, 2010

An Eye on Prentice

Glowing send offs all around for Jim Prentice today.

And all of them are thick with the same political speculation in Kinsella's piece.

"Mr. Clean", as Weston calls him above, predictably played down all the musings about a future re-entry into politics, but the talk won't go away and his name will probably still come up in the prayers of traditional conservatives still hanging around the CPC.

He is the Liberals' worst nightmare, a moderate with feet firmly planted in West and East. More importantly he's Reform's worst nightmare, a spectre of the Progressive Conservatives, who, as a leader, would threaten to beat the populists back down and possibly reignite the flammable and delicate truce that is the Conservative Party of Canada.

Harper has one more election in him.

2 comments:

  1. "More importantly he's Reform's worst nightmare, a spectre of the Progressive Conservatives, who, as a leader, would threaten to beat the populists back down"

    Only in my dreams. Aside from Lord and maybe two others, Jim Prentice as the CPC leader would bring me back to my Tory roots. Kick the Libs back to the left and send the populists packing ...damned straight both the Grits and the Reformer-SoCreds fear him.

    Too bad it won't happen. Like Frank McKenna or John Manley, Mr Prentice will find his new job very difficult to leave. Why take a pay cut for a world of 24-7 political mudslinging and job uncertainty?

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  2. Heheh, don't be such a cynic TofKW. You may be right, Weston writes of how excited his wife was that he was getting out of politics, but I just can't imagine an ambitious national leader turning down the top job. Prentice won't go down in the history books as a CIBC glad hander. If we've gotten to the point where the power and romanticism of Prime Minister can't pull people away from the private sector, we're truly screwed.

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