To the surprise of absolutely no one, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak has rejected the idea of a leadership review when his Progressive Conservatives get together for a policy session in a couple of weeks.
As we know, some disgruntled PC’s are circulating a petition asking for a leadership review, as a result of the Tories poor showing in the last few by-elections.
It’s kind of a moot point anyway, since a leadership review isn’t required according to the rules of the Party and why would Hudak , or any other leader, put their job on the line if they didn’t have to ?
But this mini insurrection in the ranks should remind Hudak of one of the most fundamental questions that nags everyone in politics, namely, ‘what have you done for me lately ?’
Politics is all about winning.
You can put out all the policy papers you want and hold as many press conferences as you like, but if it doesn’t translate into winning power, the people who put you in charge will start to wonder if they made the right choice.
There are lots of examples of political leaders who were down and out who rose like a phoenix from the ashes and led their Party to victory.
And there are just as many stories of political careers that end abuptly because they can’t win the big one.
Who knows if Tim Hudak can reverse the PC’s fortunes.
But the grumbling from his teammates shows that he may be running out of time to do it.