Coderre certainly didn't help his already Volpeskian chances by going out in a self-destructive blaze of glory Monday, blaming the party's problems on a Toronto-heavy brain trust. Maybe it was a clever ploy to position himself as an outsider against Toronto in a future leadership race - but given what we know about Coderre, I have some doubts about that.
Then again, perhaps the LPC isn't the Liberal Party Coderre hopes to one day lead. Given his organizational muscle in the province, he'd certainly be a legitimate contender provincially once Jean Charest eventually calls it a day. And distancing himself from the federal Liberals and playing the "Toronto card" probably won't hurt him among the Quebec militants.
I don't have any anonymous senior Liberal strategists to go on for this - just the musings of a fairly bright Liberal who floated the idea to me yesterday. But it's a theory that makes a bit of sense once you think about it.
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