Mahigan at True North knows:
On top of the factionalization, there are well deserved grumblings about Harper's leadership after he led the party to a major defeat in the last election. Yes Pollyanna, I said major defeat. The scandal plagued Liberal government was a object of derision in most of the country. Paul Martin, ever since he took over the party was stumbling and lurching around like someone on a six month binge while wearing a sign saying "Beat Me Like a Rented Mule". Instead of what should have been an easy victory, the best Stephen Harper could do was to lose 5% off the combined Alliance/PC vote from the previous election. That's not a minor electoral setback. That's a 32 ounce can of Whup Ass.