You might stand behind the leader 100% but it doesn't sound like Ed Broadbent will. You might think Broadbent was just being "scrappy" but he criticized Mulcair for wanting to bring the party to the centre, criticized his personality, casting him as someone who could not work with others which was the reason why not many senior members of the party were supporting him.
The Liberals are going through a leadership process, the official campaign might not have started but the party is looking for a leader. Are you saying you would have agreed to the NDP spending millions of dollars defending Nycole Turmel if attack ads had been released on her, even though you knew she would only be leader for a few months?
First off,Mulcair as of this day is NOT the leader,he is the frontrunner in the leadership race but not the leader!
Secondly Ed Broadbent is NOT in the leadership race,nor an MP.
These are two distinctions the NDP have from the liberals concerning this scenario.
This second fact is important because after the leader is chosen,Ed can easily step away.
I emphasize this by pointing out that Pat Martin has clearly bein asked whom he supports in the leadership race.And I distinctly heard him on the CTV program "Question Period" that he will not say because he wishes to remain nuetral(or something like that).
And as far as the conservatives attacking Turmel goes,absolutely agree that a counter attack would have bein in order!
But for some reason the conservatives did not do this.Was it because they have no money?Turmel has bein compared to Stephen Dion when she speaks English wouldn't this be enough to make the conservatives salivate at the opportunity to attack an opponent?
Maybe they considered this but realized the risk and decided to play it safe and just attack Rae?