That's right, folks - Zach Paikin, who is running to become the LPC's national policy chair, is a closet conservative! At least, according to fellow Liblogger Happy Wanderer and Max Naylor.
Now, this feud is what caused Bob Rae's "BS" tweet earlier last month. And it's true, it is bullshit. It's utter, utter, bullshit.
Is Zach Paikin a far right-winger? Probably not. If Naylor or HW believe he is, they've clearly never met one. He has a hawkish foreign policy stance and he probably tilts to the right a tad, but so what? He's not necessarily wrong on every count and if he can justify is reasons with fact-based and reasoned evidence, unlike most right-wingers, then why do we go after him and judge him as "not a Liberal?"
I joined the Liberal Party because I see a party devoted not just to the respectable ideology of liberalism, but because more than the Cons and Dips, we take in evidence and pragmatic reasoning into account. We're the party of intellect because we believe in looking at the facts and then reacting, not just being reactionary or revolutionary as a permanent state of being.
I say if Zach Paikin bases his opinions as I hope the rest of us free-thinking individuals do, I couldn't give a rat's ass what he believes. If he's open to consultation, open to new ideas, open to changing his tract, and open to moving forward, that's good enough for me. Believe what you will, just don't deny the facts, I say.
I see no evidence that Paikin doesn't do this. I've met him. He's intelligent, he's reasonable, and he's open. He wouldn't get the endorsement of someone like Irwin Cotler or Marc Garneau otherwise. Stop with the ideological bickering - we're not those other two parties. If Zach offers solutions, it's good enough for me, and it should be good enough for the rest of us.