The race to run from the Liberal leadership has become attracted a third official non-contestant as Brian Tobin announces his intention to stand back.
Lest we think that the race is turning into a stampede, remember that the three who have bravely fled the field--Frank McKenna, John Manley, and Brian Tobin--have all retired from public office to the comforts of Bay Street boards and/or law practices.
Prolonged exposure to same tends to dull the political reflexes and appetites. Witness the collapse of John Turner's once-promising legacy.
If potential candidates still in Parliament start declining, then we'll know that the party is in real trouble.