There Is A Difference Between 'Liking' Politics And 'Understanding' The Science Of Politics - Mr. Dion Is Proof
Sources within the Liberal Party are now disclosing that Mr. Dion was provided with detailed and sound advice concerning the communications strategy needed to counter a Tory onslaught in the early days of his leadership. He did not take the advice. In fact, it is now very clear that Mr. Dion rarely took advice from anyone.
The problem with Dion is that he is an academic 'know it all'. The fact that he got himself elected leader of the Libs had very little to do with his knowledge of the practice of the science of politics. He was at the right place at the right time on the floor of a political convention. He thought he won leadership because he was a brilliant politician. That is not the reality of what happened at the last Liberal leadership convention.
Had Dion been less rigid in his own self centered mindset, things may have gone differently for Liberals.
Political 'science' is based on observable facts and relations - actions and outcome. Political 'alchemy' is based on trying to turn 'lead into gold.' Stephan Dion is a political alchemist.
So what does all this say about the virtual lemmings in the blogosphere who are encouraging and working to try and salvage Mr. Dion's leadership?
Well, I think it is summed up, quite accurately, in the title of this post.