Gunter calls O'Toole a dishonest dud. In his view, O'Toole is an ever changing politician in search of power, a guy who'll say and do anything just to win. Many will argue that Mr. True Blue has morphed into someone who's barely recognizable. That's wrong, principally for two reasons: first off, today's version of O'Toole is the real McCoy, the guy who Erin always was. Secondly, seriously, what kind of party member actually fell for that Kool-Aid act in the first place? You'd have to have fallen off the turnip truck only minutes before the leadership balloting.
However, what does trouble me is Erin's seeming inability to be comfortable with the principle of a strong team of rivals à la Lincoln. You know, people like MacKay, Poilievre, etc. That makes you wonder how comfortable O'Toole is in his own skin and how he personally views his own abilities and strengths. In short, that perception needs to change yesterday.
The other thing is, of course, staffing and strategic advice: kind of speaks for itself. In other words, to ask the question is to answer it. Unfortunately, plenty of room for marked improvement there.
Yours truly isn't looking for Round Two, you know, the good old anti-Harper days. What great memories but I digress.
I would remind Erin that he continues to be a work in progress -- very much so but who still requires at least some political massaging and moulding. Put differently, O'Toole ain't quite there just yet.
Sure, O'Toole's already leaps and bounds more genuine and fresher than the incumbent but that alone doesn't win you a majority. Gunther and a lot of others quite frankly see this as 1980 all over again but they're wrong. In fact, the real deal is 1979 where a plurality of voters couldn't stomach the old man Trudeau any longer. That's where Canada lives in 2021 with people looking for any sign of a credible reason to vote CPC. It's up to Erin to give it to them, not just default into a semi-automatic minority like Clark did.
So, in the final analysis, it's about the leader's stuffing, not the turkey. Erin still has one hell of a lot of work to do to cement a majority. By all means have at it but make sure your team can ultimately bring home the bacon otherwise this country will continue to suffer needlessly under Justin Trudeau's maladministration. The political runway is already mighty short and shrinking. I'm for giving O'Toole the benefit of the doubt and watching intently. What the leader does with time going forward will determine whether we're talking 1980, 1979 or something else. Remember Erin, your destiny is entirely in your own hands. Make the most of it, for Canada's sake.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I supported MacKay.