Monday, March 27, 2006

Bloomin' Orchard

Now that all the A-list candidates have bowed out of the leadership race, and some of the B-list names are keeping mum, it's time for the Z-list names to grab their 15 minutes of fame. Again:

Saskatchewan farmer and two-time Tory leadership hopeful David Orchard is thinking about leaping into the Liberal race.

"What I'm really doing right now is taking calls. I certainly had not been considering it, but calls kept coming so I kept answering them and listening to what people have to say,'' Orchard said in an interview.

"I'm not ruling anything in or anything out.''

Orchard ran twice for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party, where he was regarded as an outsider -- but a powerful one.

His last kick at the Conservative can saw him come a strong second to Peter MacKay. His support on the final ballot in exchange for a guarantee of no merger with Stephen Harper's Alliance secured MacKay's victory.

When the Progressive Conservatives merged with the Canadian Alliance, Orchard found a new political home with the Liberals. He took out a Liberal membership before the last election.

David Orchard's strong finish in the 2003 PC race underscored just how weak the had become, that it could end up within an inch of becoming the personal vehicle of a hitherto-obscure opportunistic crank. His candidacy did more than is generally realized in paving the way to the Conservative Party's creation.

He probably will not achieve similar success in the Liberal race. But his candidacy would have been laughed off the stage in previous years, instead of being taken seriously.

David Orchard's rise to prominence in a political party is usually a symptom of its terminal decline. When a party can't fight off a hijacker, it is going down.

Source: CTV

1 comment:

PGP said...

We seem to have a hog looking for a trough!
Apparently.....Orchard needs a pension.
I certainly hope no one decides to give him one at the taxpayers expense.