Saturday, April 01, 2006

The King Is Dead

We're under an hour away from the results of the PC leadership review vote. I tend to think the fact that they're announcing it at midnight means that Ralph isn't expecting a thunderous show of support. Until then, I encourage everyone to take a look at this quote from Ralph tonight, which we'll file under "black pot":

“Such an era seemed unattainable for so many years under the arrogant and neglectful federal Liberals,” he said.

UPDATE: 55%. Ralph is toast. Time for yet another leadership race...

THE MORNING AFTER: My hunch is that Ralph isn't in great shape this morning, but I certainly feel fine. I would have actually preferred that he stay on since the longer he stayed, the more damage we'd see done to the provincial PCs. And, if nothing else, he's a damn entertaining guy. But I certainly won't shed any tears over his demise.

Despite all Klein has done, the only way to explain such an incredibly low number is that the Jim Dinning people made it clear to their delegates that it was time to gas Klein. They were obviously a bit more discrete about it than Lyle Oberg, but Dinning must have got tired of waiting and decided to go for the jugular.

So thanks for the memories Ralph - let the blood letting begin!


  • Where can I find the results when they're available?

    By Blogger Jim, at 1:57 a.m.  

  • Whoa, nevermind. 55%? I knew it was going to be anemic, but daaamn, that was a good 10 or 15 points weaker than I expected.

    That's an awful, awful percentage. I have mixed feelings about it--I'm glad that Klein got a slap in the face, but I also kinda secretly want him to stay around to the Alberta Tories would be engaged in another couple years of vicious infighting. (It's a joy to watch.)

    By Blogger Jim, at 2:02 a.m.  

  • **so the Alberta Tories would be engaged...

    By Blogger Jim, at 2:03 a.m.  

  • Any official confirmation on that number? Thanks.

    By Blogger catnip, at 2:27 a.m.  

  • By Blogger catnip, at 2:29 a.m.  

  • I wonder if he's doomed to leave without any dignity now?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:35 a.m.  

  • These results are real, right? This isn't Alberta's version of an April Fool's joke?

    By Blogger Matt, at 6:21 a.m.  

  • Holy cow! I never would have expected Ralph to do so miserably. What is going to happen now? A leadership race? A revolt? Should be interesting!

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 8:05 a.m.  

  • Ouch. So, he'll be gone by 2007?

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 11:28 a.m.  

  • These results are real, right? This isn't Alberta's version of an April Fool's joke?

    The only joke is Klein. It's about damn time his supporters realized it's time for a change here.

    By Blogger catnip, at 11:58 a.m.  

  • Hopefully he will regain some of his legendary sense and retire with an emphasis on a humble expression of pride.

    By Blogger David M. McClory, at 12:41 p.m.  

  • The funniest thing is that last weekend or the one before, Rod Love and some other Cons, was on CBC Newworld Saturday or Sunday and they were bragging about how unlike the Federal Liberals, the Alberta Cons are a nice bunch and would let Klein go to the end of his 2007 and how he deserves it :-)

    Anyhooo, first thing that happens next week, is that Oberg gets fired by caucus and then, Klein gets booted it out :-)..BTW, I think the deputy Premier must be feeling like shit now too..She was one of Klein's main suckers.. :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:16 p.m.  

  • I sincerely hope that the neverending leadership squabble is replaced by a suitably Richard III-esque sequel as the PCs wake up to a regicidal new leader in X months time.

    By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 2:44 p.m.  

  • Not Jim Dinning's folks...more likely Harper's friends making sure he doesn't get blind-sided as he prepares for an election next spring.

    By Blogger Bizarro, at 4:22 p.m.  

  • Yet somehow even with all this, Liberals will again fail to capitalize and form a government.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:40 p.m.  

  • great topic, keep up the great posts, MMA

    By Blogger Erik Mann, at 11:19 p.m.  

  • By Blogger Pansys Silvaz, at 1:43 a.m.  

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