The New Democrats aren't just a party in need of reform. The New Democrats are a part in need of therapy. A bundles of conflicting neurosis, the New Democrats are too concerned with the past to look forward to the future and too concerned with the future to pay attention to the present - reluctant to hold the Liberals accountable for decisions that cold remind voters of their own record in government or expose them as hypocrites should they win the next election.
As a result, they've become psychologically paralyzed, having enough latent hostility to launch ad hominem attacks but lack the self-confidence to add substance to those attacks - seemingly burdened by all the caution of a party in its final year of power despite having no power to speak of. So maybe, instead of having a convention later this month, the New Democrats should schedule an appointment for group counseling. Because, if they don't, they'll remain a party waiting to become government rather than a government-in-waiting.