Bob Rae will be holding a press conference today where he is expected to withdraw from the leadership race.
I am very, very disappointed. I know and understand that we should have ideally put a process in place where individual members could have voted, but I also understand how complex the logistics of that could have been, especially given recent snafus. And I honestly believe that the compromise decided upon last night (which was strikingly similar to what I suggested) would have allowed the grassroots to have somewhat of a voice through their riding presidents - who are, after all, more like volunteers than MPs - and would have given equal voice to all ridings.
Even if the situation was still far from ideal, and even if Ignatieff's installation was inevitable, I really wish Rae had stayed in for at least another couple of days. Long enough to tell my riding president who my preferred candidate was, and for him to tell the Executive.
Now I have no voice at all. At least not until the Convention, when I hope to be part of an energized grassroots finally ready to demand real change in our party, despite who our leader is.
EDIT: This cheered me up immensely.
Yep. That about says it all.