B.C. political bloggers were busy this afternoon, meditating on the implications of Gordon Campbell's announced resignation -- and often calling for NDP leader Carole James’s resignation as well.
Bernard Von Schulman, blogging as BC Iconoclast, announced the resignation and speculated on possible replacements, including MP Keith Martin, broadcaster Christy Clark, and Surrey mayor Diane Watts. He also wondered when NDP leader Carole James would step down.
Challenging the Commonplace also wanted to see the departure of James: “Gordon Campbell did the right thing by resigning. He should have done it long ago. So should Colin Hansen. And so should the NDP’s Carole James.”
Mike Klassen at CityCaucus.com cited Stephen Harper's statement on the resignation and asked: “Is Campbell about to receive a big appointment from the Feds?”
For Jay Currie, “Carol Taylor would be my own first and, really, only choice. ... But beyond Taylor the candidate pool is pretty shallow.”
Feminist Christian Socialist said Hurray! WOOHOO! “Good riddance, Gordo! Now if we could also get Carole James to do the same.”
Paul Willcocks at Paying attention considered the context of the next Liberal leadership convention:
The HST referendum is set for Sept. 24. That means a new Liberal leader faces months either campaigning in favour of the HST or dodging questions about the tax. Either way, public anger about the tax and the incompetent way it was introduced would fix immediately on the new leader.
The leadership race will also be run with the tax still a live issue. That's bad news for potential candidates from within the current cabinet, like Rich Coleman, Kevin Falcon, George Abbott or Mike de Jong.
Another journalist, Frances Bula, wondered whether some Vision Vancouver councillors might decide to seek an NDP seat in the next legislature.
Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.