If Carole James doesn't step down as leader, the provincial New Democrats won't win the next election. That was the subtext of the statement Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Jenny Kwan released two weeks ago after almost two months of party infighting. Now that Ms. James has resigned though, some of her highest-profile loyalists are making the opposite argument, predicting the New Democrats will lose the next election as a result. But these statements are, in many ways, more damaging to the party that anything Ms. Kwan has said because they provide no means for the New Democrats to escape such a fate.
Even worse, though, are those who appear to be trying to drive Ms. Kwan - and perhaps all 12 of the dissidents - from caucus. In the media, this is what we call giving a story legs, providing the major media outlets with yet another opportunity to put New Democrat infighting on their front page or at the top of their newscast. But the fact some members of Ms. James's so-called brain trust don't seem to have figured this out perhaps prove they're right - that the New Democrats will fail to form government in 2013 or whenever the next election is.