Now don't get too excited. There's another LibDem leadership in the offing - well, Deputy leadership. The LibDem Parliamentary Party will vote on the six contenders on March 22nd and they're laready wooing their small but imperfectly formed electorate. Here's my guide to the runners and riders...
SUSAN KRAMER 4-1
For: She's a woman. Good campaigner. Nicer than she seems on TV. Against: Irritating voice. Poor performer in the Commons. Supported Huhne.
PHIL WILLIS 25-1
For: Speaks his mind. Against: Appearance. Useless on TV.
ED DAVEY 2-1
For: Seen as a steady performer and safe pair of hands. Policy wonk. Against: Lacks cutting edge. Didn't sell Local Income Tax very well.
MATTHEW TAYLOR 6-1
For: Good media performer, well known. Against: Hopeless organiser. Underperformed in most jobs he's had.
DAVID HEATH 25-1
For: No idea. Not seen enough of him. Against: Has a beard.
VINCE CABLE 3-1
For: Ming loyalist. Solid performer. Policy wonk. Against: Boring. Already has a top job - two's being greedy
So if I had any money, who would I put it on? Ed Davey, I guess. But the LibDem Parliamentary Party is even more unpredictable than the Tories and they may go for Susan Kramer purely because she's a) female and b) she supported Chris Huhne, which would give a more balanced ticket. Matthew Taylor is unlikely to get it following his defeat to Paul Holmes as Chairman of the Parliamentary Party. Cable is being greedy and the other two surely cannot be serious. If I were a LibDem and had a vote I would be casting it for Susan Kramer. Well that's put the black spot on her then!