If Mulcair had come out in favour of Bill C-51 in some way, shape or form the "NDP can do no wrong" brigade on babble would be defending Mulcair.
"Don't follow leaders, watch the parking meters" as Bob Dylan sang in "Subterranean Homesick Blues" when he was alive.
And although "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows", it seems to me that the NDP brain trust was checking with the weather people first.
Yup. The NDP took its time before coming out against the legislation. And according to Chantal Hébert, it was Ed Broadbent & Roy Romanow who seem to have given Mulcair a kick in the butt:
The internal debate over the NDP’s stance on the Conservative anti-terrorism legislation was settled some time before Thomas Mulcair made his decision to oppose Bill C-51 public on Wednesday.
That the die was cast was obvious as of the moment NDP elder statesmen Ed Broadbent and Roy Romanow co-signed an open letter in the Globe and Mail last week calling for the bill to be defeated or withdrawn.
Mulcair, Broadbent and Romanow have locked horns in the past — notably at the time of Jack Layton’s succession — but in this instance any light between their positions would have split the party wide open.