Bob Rae: up close and personal
This is actually a fascinating video -- Bob Rae, talking about his own battle with depression and how he feels about life in Ottawa right now. He doesn't connect the two -- in fact, he says he's fine, but there are similarities in the way he describes the condition of a depressed person and a depressed community. In a way, he's putting words to a vague sense that I've heard expressed in other quarters in Ottawa too -- from all political stripes. It's a feeling that something is missing -- some say it's purpose, some say it's joy.
Some folks have noticed that Bob Rae has been very quiet the past few months (certainly I have). It's fed the usual (and tiresome) mischief that he's plotting a mutiny against Ignatieff. Personally, I don't think Rae is that stupid -- he's been around long enough to know that an internal revolt would be a death blow to the Liberal party. This video is worth watching if you want to know Rae a little better, and get a glimpse of how an intelligent, reflective fellow looks at the current state of politics and his place in it. Coincidentally, it comes just as Rae marks the 20th anniversary today of his swearing-in as Ontario's first NDP premier.
And I wholeheartedly endorse his thoughts on people reading their questions in the Commons. It makes them all look like hostages.