Liberal leader Stephane Dion is about to engage on a cross-country tour in a bid to boost his sagging poll numbers.
According to the press, his strategists are hoping "it will showcase the depth of the former academic’s intellect and the breadth of his vision."
Well if the Liberals are pinning their hopes on Dion's intellect, well they might as well enjoy their stay in the Opposition benches because they will be there for a while.
I'm not saying Dion isn't smart intellectually, I am sure he is. But he doesn't seem to be all that smart politically, which is what counts when it comes to winning elections.
It's not smart to go around telling Canadians that you might impose a carbon tax on gasoline.
It's not smart politics to openly muse about nationalizing Alberta's oil sands.
It's not smart politics to scrap anti-terrorist police powers.
Rather than going on a speaking tour, Dion would be better served to re-think his policies.
It's easier to get voters to agree with you than it is to get them to like you.