Christy Clark is British Columbia's next premier because she realized the truth of the BC Liberal Party. And that truth is...there is no BC Liberal Party. To be sure, the Liberals said they had 36,000 members at the beginning of the leadership race. But most of them were bound together by little more than their opposition to the New Democrats and their willingness to pay $10 to do so - which is exactly the way Gordon Campbell probably liked it. Because if the party wasn't organized, he would be the only true power base within it.
As a result, Ms. Clark didn't need to worry about appealing to party MLAs or apparatchiks during her leadership bid because they had little control over the disorganized Liberal membership - leaving the party vulnerable to the kind of takeover executed by Ms. Clark and her supporters on Saturday evening. So having seized the Liberal brand name, the question now is what will Ms. Clark do with it?