What can you say about a party that thought it was invincible and therefore had no need to be accountable to the Canadian public? Like a cancer festering deep within, the malaise grew until it strangled itself with its own arrogance.
Now we are witnessing a whole gambit of first tier contenders for the party leadership (John Manley, Frank McKenna and Brian Tobin) announcing their reluctance to claim the golden crown of a once proud and viable party that became addicted to power and a sense of entitlement.
Curiously, the next rank of leadership hopefuls have had very little experience in the self-proclaimed "natural governing party". They include floor-crossers Scott Brison and Belinda Stronach, as well as relative political newbies such as Michael Ignatieff and Ken Dryden. Then of course there's one-time NDP Ontario premier Bob Rae! (How is it that the Liberals are even contemplating that one when Mike Harris was always thrown in our faces as an example of poor provincial politics being extrapolated to the federal level? I'll take Mike Harris over Bob Rae any day!!)
Anyway, perhaps it will take someone who hasn't been steeped in the Liberal culture to turn things around. For sure the "Love Story" that the Canadian electorate has had with the Liberal party is not doing well at the box office.