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January 18, 2006

Whatever media sympathy Martin may have had at the
outset of the campaign had all but evaporated 5 days
before the 2006 election. Even the Globe and Mail,  a
cheerleader for all things Liberal at the beginning of the
campaign,  declared in a stinging editorial in the final
weekend of the race  that it was time to turf the Grits and
give Harper a kick at the can.

Meanwhile, there were rumours that Liberal ministerial
staffers were quietly floating their resumes outside
government, while some of their cabinet bosses have
let it be known that if the party is going down, they would
rather lose their seats than spend their days in
opposition purgatory.

Elsewhere inside the Liberal party, the growing scent of
electoral death is also prompting much talk of a pending
leadership race as the powerbrokers and their
respective candidates begin jockeying to replace the
hapless Martin.