I'm sitting here, sipping coffee and watching CBC Newsworld. It would appear Bob Rae has descended from Mount Sulk to join Stéphane Dion on the happy trails in Halifax. As anchor Heather Hiscox asks right off the top: "What took you so long?"
For a fleeting moment, Rae looks deeply pained, like he just got nailed in the giblets by a wayward Frisbee. Then he explains why he and other high-profile Liberals have been as invisible as ghosts asleep on white sheets: They've been working hard in their respective ridings, etc. etc. blah blah yawn.
Rae proceeds to deliver a number of key messages clearly and articulately, a novelty for his party these days: The Liberals have a strong team! Running a government is not a one-person sport! Stephen Harper "thinks he can control the world. This is nuts for Canada!"
So the race begins... now?
Moving on to more important matters: How awesome is Heather Hiscox? I mean, honestly. The other day, she calmly destroyed Jack Layton on the issue of Elizabeth May's (then) exclusion from the debates. This morning, she was just as gritty with Rae. To all you media trainers out there: If your client is interviewed by Hiscox and she begins a question with, "I'm wondering..." Yeah, your client is pretty much screwed. Can you imagine being in a relationship with her?
Heather: "I'm wondering, when do you plan to take out the recycling?"
You: "I was just about --"
Heather: "--You know, there a lot of people who say you won't be taking out the recycling. I've been reading notes from people who claim to be your supporters and even they say you've all but abandoned your commitment to the recycling."
You: "Honey, can we please cut to a commercial?"