The cracks are beginning to show. While other party leaders are out and about, Ignatieff has been nowhere to be found for the past while.
Now staunch Liberal backers such as Lawrence Martin are getting very anxious as we approach the later part of the summer, and the enevitable will there, or will there not be, an election this fall. There will, of course, be no election this Fall, unless the Liberals have a death wish.
Will the Liberals' strategy of roll-no-dice work?
A good many in the party want to reboot, but senior strategists remain unmoved
Some things are starting to worry some Liberals.
1. The economy isn't sinking. It won't propel them to power.
2. The Harper Conservatives aren't going to defeat themselves.
3. Liberals can't win by trying to be all things to all people. Paul Martin tried that.
4. Michael Ignatieff isn't capturing the public imagination, as earlier hoped.
A good many in the party want to reboot - and they want to do it now. The initial idea was that the combination of their new leader and a brutal recession would lead them back to the promised land. Being proactive wasn't necessary. But the economy is rebounding earlier than expected. Stephen Harper is back on his feet. Liberal polling numbers have stalled. Media reviews are unflattering.
There is concern the Liberal leader is risk-averse. Mr. Ignatieff, some worry, is still thinking things through - something intellectual types are inclined to do. In their wisdom, these leaders see the complexities of the issues, the grey zones, the competing shades and they hedge. Vague imagery results.
What to do? Get out some bold policy initiatives, many in the party say. Give the leader definition. Give Canadians a vision. Roll the dice.
But it's not about to happen.