While Hébert is warning that history can't repeat itself -- the situation Donolo finds today is not the same that greeted him when he first came to Ottawa in 1991 -- Tom Flanagan is warning that there are history lessons to be applied today. Flanagan equates Ignatieff's current state to the situation that Stephen Harper was in around the spring of 2005.
Jamie Carroll, meanwhile, tells Donolo that there are serious structural/vision problems with the Liberal party that need fixing and reminds us that there have been nine chiefs of staff in the Official Opposition Leader's office since 2006. Yikes. Oh, and Carroll helpfully tells Donolo where he's stashed the Scotch.
Someone out there in the Twitterverse (sorry, can't remember who it was) lamented that the Donolo story has been news for three days now, but all three of these articles are recommended reading before people move on to the next shiny object of political news. And I'll throw in my own observation too:
* Liberals are never ever going to stop talking about their own politics -- amongst themselves, to the media, to their rivals. It would seem that someone needs to take that weakness and turn it into a strength. Donolo, it should be remembered, was the first in federal Liberal circles to institute the practice of issuing talking points to MPs and Liberal "spokespersons" on various panels. He joked years later that his favourite stories in the media were the "leaked" talking points -- it just ensured mass distribution of the Liberals' lines. But its genius, at the time, is that it played to the Liberals' endearing/annoying habit of chattiness.
These days, everyone is a little weary of the talking points and it's my sense that the people most tired of them are those who watch those political panels on CBC and CTV. The robotic repetition of not-very-clever lines is soul-deadening TV and patronizing/condescending to the folks who have to say them. Something a little more sophisticated is required. Does Donolo have a new trick up his sleeve?
And one more observation before this Donolo-advice barrage comes to an end: No one has mentioned that Donolo is coming to this new job from Toronto. Interesting.