I’m not really ideologically or temperamentally a New Democrat. And I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to provincial politics for the last couple years – the drama in the States has been so much more compelling. So it came as a surprise to me to find out that a guy I know, Ryan Meili, is running for the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democrats.
I’m not going to “endorse” his candidacy (not that my endorsement would be worth a damn to him). But since I’ve met Ryan on numerous occasions, and been beaten at Scrabble by him once or twice, I think I’m qualified to observe that he’s an engaging, sincere, and frighteningly smart guy; and in a political process where sincerity and intelligence often seem depressingly undervalued, I hope he does well. I think he will. He’ll definitely work his nuts off.