Hoocoodanode, Great White North edition

Hoocoodanode that replacing someone described as “too Professorial” with someone whose concept of True Patriot Love was to spend the time of the Life of Legendary Jesus out of the country (being a Torture Apologist from the comfort of Cambridge, Mass while Maher Arar traveled different roads) and then act upon his return as if he were the Second Coming could have negative consequences with the electorate?

The glory for the Conservative Party for the past twenty years has been that the ABC vote would split between the Liberals and the NDP and the PQ would distract enough people in the non-oil-producing East to keep them in power. So in some small way, we should credit Ignatieff for doing the impossible—uniting the Canadian center-left.

Update: CT has a post from Tom Slee that discusses everyone except the elephant in the room, with more joie de vivre than I did (but less surety).