On the front page of the Globe and Mail this morning you will find a story by their Ottawa Bureau Chief, Brian Laghi; IGNATIEFF CLINGS TO SLIGHT LEAD, the headline reads. But the real story in this article is the second ballot support which appears to be strongest for Rae and Dion and less so for Ignatieff.
Even more compelling is the idea that as a third choice (or on the third ballot) it is Stephane Dion who leads both Rae and Ignatieff. That fits in well with Next Face's prognostication. When all is said and done, it is likely Dion (or Dryden) who will be the safe haven for delegates once the dust settles on the Ignatieff and Rae battle. That is to say, a safer, more centrist personality - less plagued by controversy - will likely see the ground swell support in the 3rd and 4th ballots.
At least that is how we have seen it and it appears that the Globe/CTV poll that Laghi references in his article might concur.
But wait, the news for Dryden gets even better. That is unless the Globe editors messed up on this one. The very last paragraph of the same story reads like this :
"...But overall the public gives Mr. Dryden - who also has the highest name recognition - the first ballot lead with 18 per cent, trailed by Mr. Rae at 14 per cent, Mr. Ignatieff at 7 per cent and Mr. Dion at 6 per cent."