I would assume the motive behind the ad is because they fear if Rae wins he might attempt to merge or form a coalition with the NDP.
I don't think it's as simple as that.
Noah, one thing this ad does is spark a discussion among Liberals about whether it is wise to spend money defending an interim Leader, or reserve the funds for a time when they have a permanent leader. It's no secret that Liberal insiders want Rae to come clean on his intentions so that other contenders can plan accordingly.
If Rae truly held the good of the Liberal Party top of mind, why is he acting in a manner that causes divisions within the party? IMO, he is holding back the Liberal Party from making any headway.
To some, such ads may not seem to make sense but successful politics is played as a long game. It's time the Liberals got in the game and Rae is in the way of that objective.
Edited by capricorn, 20 March 2012 - 10:28 AM.
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