Things are going from bad to worse for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.
On November 21, Ipsos Reid released a poll for Canwest News Service and Global TV, which showed the Liberals had fallen to 24 percent. The NDP had risen to 19 percent, and the Conservatives were at 37 percent. The Greens were at 10 percent and the Bloc Quebecois was at nine percent nationally and 38 percent in Quebec.
The following day, an Angus Reid Strategies poll showed that only 12 percent of Canadians approved of the way Ignatieff is doing his job, compared with 24 percent for NDP Leader Jack Layton and 34 percent for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Ignatieff's disapproval rate of 56 percent was well above Harper's 44-percent disapproval rate and Layton's disapproval rate of 40 percent.
Then this weekend, Montreal academic Janine Krieber, wife of former Liberal leader Stephane Dion, wrote a devastating criticism of Igntieff on her Facebook page. She claimed that Liberals didn't do their homework. She also suggested they should have read Ignatieff's books before they installed him as the new leader.
Shortly before Ignatieff's official coronation as leader at the federal Liberal convention in Vancouver last spring, retired political scientist Denis Smith told the Straight that he expected that Ignatieff would fare poorly.
In his book Ignatieff's World Updated: Iggy Goes to Ottawa (James Lorimer & Company), Smith provided a fairly comprehensive account of what Ignatieff had written about torture and the war on terror.
Smith told the Straight earlier this year that the Liberal leader had a "political tin ear", and that Harper could make a lot of headway against him.
"Harper is not a warm, affectionate political leader, either," Smith acknowledged. "Ignatieff still has a condescending air, a superior air. I don't think he is going to go over well in a national campaign. That's a hunch."
Before the national campaign has even begun, Smith's hunch has proven correct.