Well this is as close as I got to the site of the NDP Leadership Convention. I briefly thought of crashing the party, but I was afraid I might bump into Ed Broadbent. Call him an old asshole.
Former party leader Ed Broadbent, who has endorsed Brian Topp, said on CBC's Power & Politics with Evan Solomon that he thought Mulcair "bombed."
And be unceremoniously ejected from the building, for causing a ruckus at an NDP event. Which is about as low as you can go eh? Sort of like farting in a church.
But unfortunately it was too late, because by the time Uncle Ed was finished blowing his fog horn, or acting like old man Potter in It's a Wonderful Life...
The Globe and Mail was also blowing the silly trumpet.
Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair walked slowly through the crowd to the sound of drummers as he entered the floor of Toronto convention centre, losing precious time to convince his party to anoint him as successor to Jack Layton.
The drawn-out entry forced Mr. Mulcair to zip through his speech within the allowed time frame, eating partially into his status as the front-runner in the race.
When in fact I thought the drums were great, Mulcair still got his message out. And I really liked the evil grin on his face when he said he was looking forward to meeting Harper in the
Because you know he means it, and it can't come soon enough.
The monster is unleashed. And Mulcair is the only leader who can win Quebec, expand the party's appeal in the rest of Canada, and leave the crazy ideologue battered and bruised.
But of course first he has to win the leadership, and that has me worried. Because there are still too many in the NDP who think that making the party more popular is a threat rather than an opportunity.
And who think that their candidate can beat Harper because you know, they got FAITH.
Like the ones who think that Justin Trudeau can beat a guy who learned martial arts in the military...
When sadly poor Justin is probably going to need an ambulance, and a good plastic surgeon.
But whatever...what most impresses me about the NDP leadership convention is the level of organization. And how the NDP looks more and more like a government in waiting.
Which made this sad remembrance easier to bear.
The widow of Jack Layton implored New Democrats on Friday to continue to grow his work and reap the harvest as the NDP paid tribute to the man who led it to the gates of Canada's electoral promised land.
With tens of thousands of card-carrying party members poised to choose Layton's successor on Saturday, Olivia Chow told the leadership convention "we have come through a winter of challenge and change together and now it is spring."
Because it reminded me of this story.
Jack's ashes will also be scattered on the Toronto Islands, where Layton married his wife MP Olivia Chow in 1988.
A memorial tree will also be planted at the site on the islands.
And now I think I can safely say: Jack, you know that little tree? The one I said I would guard with my life?
Well it's growing bigger and bigger and it won't be long before its branches touch the sky.
The promised land beckons.
And the future looks orange...