Cameron Duncan provides possibly the single most cogent analysis of the problems/prospects facing the Federal Liberal Party I have read in awhile. Although I think he's a bit off on Bob Rae, who has, as far as I can tell, been forgiven by Ontarians.
My favorite bit:
While the Harper Conservatives have had (and will continue to have) serious support from the Canwest Global, and CTV globemedia mainstream media monopolies, the party still has not achieved as much popular support in English speaking Canada as the Dion Liberals. Despite having all the advantages afforded a sitting prime minister, Harper has not broken through the resistance to his party, its policies, and his own tyrannical leadership style.
And I would remind those people who have been demanding Stephane Dion's departure: even in the unlikely event this were to occur, Iggy or Bob Rae or whoever would not ascend gracefully into the leadership position. Nope! Due to some very unfortunate politicking in Montreal, 2006, the Libs will be stuck holding an expensive, drawn-out, archaic, and exclusive delegated convention to determine a new leader. Sure to keep the Party weak and divided into 2009 and beyond.
(Although, to be sure, watching Iggy accidentally set his tie on fire while trying to explain his position on torture again would be worth a few giggles)