I know that a lot of Liberals, especially on the left side of the party had misgivings about Ignatieff. The man sort of muscled into the top job without any contest, he was a supporter of the Iraq War back in 2003, he had spent a great deal of time abroad, and generally left-leaning Liberals were suspicious.
We see now though that he is actually making inroads everywhere in this country, most importantly in Ontario. Iggy may not be a progressive dream candidate, he doesn’t really thrill me personally in a number of key policy areas. But he looks like he can win. And in party politics, that’s sort of a sine qua non for getting any agenda implemented. So yes, the Liberals could continue to lose with Dion and have all of their policy cred intact, or they could actually win. And I’ll take a centrist Liberal over a Conservative with a probable far-right hidden agenda any day.