Gary Doer and the NDP are widely expected to win the Manitoba provincial election on Tuesday, but the opposition is already charging that Doer won't complete his third term as Premier if the NDP is in fact victorious.
That got me thinking about a potential job reshuffling within the ranks of the NDP leadership. If Jack Layton can't improve on the federal NDP's 2006 numbers in the next federal election, widely expected to be called this year or next, he may face pressure to resign, having run as leader in three campaigns.
Doer would be an appealing choice for many New Democrats.
He's a proven winner (New Democrats do like to win from time to time).
He could potentially rebuild the party's western base (which has been eroded under Layton).
He's a centrist (which would make him more "credible" with mainstream voters).
He has lots of experience (as a three term Manitoba premier).
He is well liked (in fact, one of the most well liked Premiers in Canada).
After three terms as Manitoba Premier, he will likely be looking for new challenges (running to become the first NDP Prime Minister in Canada would certainly be a challenge).