CPC Leadership: These Four Could Have it
December 13th, 2019 | RR
It happened. Andrew Scheer abruptly resigned from the leadership of the Conservative Party. Competing rumours and facts are making it all difficult to sort out, but the anti-Scheer twits in the movement—like Kory Teneycke, who helped Harper lose to a drama teacher—are jumping for joy like giddy schoolgirls. The Bernier groupies are saying “I told you so” while the clinically sane half of the party and movement are facepalming. Now is not the ideal time for a leadership race, unless the race is small and quick—leaving very little room for the same divisions that ripped us all apart the last time. Chances are high, however, that a bunch of opportunistic dimwits with no chance of winning will enter the race to spread the numbers thin. If so, we could end up with another 50/50 split by the time we reach the final ballot.
The ideal race would have no more than four strong candidates. As I said last month, the media and Liberals were looking forward to another CPC leadership race to expose all the unhinged so-cons and wingnut libertarians that still live in the party, so potential candidates need to make beating Justin Trudeau their top priority, over their own ambitions, to avoid the media drums. If more Brad Trost-types run, the media will use these kinds of candidates to prove their point: that the Conservative Party is still creepy and dangerous.
To prevent division and another Bernier fiasco, Conservatives need to be smart. I'm not banking on that happening, but I tend to be an optimist once in a while.
The next leader needs to hit 60% by the final ballot. If he/she doesn't, we're screwed. In the event of anther 50/50 split, we would need to bank on the loser sucking it up and throwing their support behind the winner. Again, judging by the stubborn and individualistic nature of most conservatives, I'm not banking on that outcome. When it comes down to serious business, conservatives are more likely to eat their own children than get along with each other. This is partly why they're such historical losers.
These are my top four ideal candidates. All four of them are strong and capable of winning. Furthermore, they all have the ability to energize the party's base.
1. Brad Wall
The former Saskatchewan premier is by far the most popular right-of-centre political figure in Canada. He resigned before he could become too unpopular in Saskatchewan, which could be considered a smart move if he has higher ambitions. From what I know, he started learning French back in 2011, but I don't care too much about that. Neither do most Western Canadians. As long as his French is better than Maxime Bernier's English, who cares.
I, personally, believe he's what some conservatives would call a “cuck”, but Brad Wall is probably the most viable contender. Despite my belief that he failed Saskatchewan, I would definitely vote for a federal Conservative Party led by Brad Wall.
2. Rona Ambrose
I've always liked her. I once thought that she should quit federal politics to lead a merged conservative party in Alberta, but that title ended up going to Jason Kenney. Ambrose could be exactly what the federal Conservative Party needs.
3. Pierre Poilievre
He has spent the last six years becoming a recognizable name within the party. He's a sharp dresser, a sharp speaker and a fierce fighter who always chooses the right words. Most conservatives would agree that Pierre might be exactly the person the CPC needs right now. Others might find him a bit too rough around the edges and too controversial.
4. Candice Bergen
She has become a veteran in the party over the past few years and she has little to no personal baggage. She speaks well, she's a woman and she has just the right set of brass knuckles to take Trudeau to task in the next election. I would not only support Candice Bergen in a leadership bid, I would send her money and join her campaign.
The people who should stay away are Michelle Rempel (too emotional), Maxime Bernier (proven loser), Erin O'Toole (too soft), Lisa Raitt (stands for nothing), Michael Chong (liberal), Stephen Harper (had his chance) and Peter Mackay (as weak as runny shit).
Prove me wrong.
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