He may not be "officially in the race," but I think we can dispense with the charade: Kevin O'Leary is running for leader of the CPC. That was obvious for months. I've been saying it for months.
The only people who didn't think it was obvious was the CPC themselves, and the pundits and journalists who are paid to cover them.
They were too busy peddling the fantasy that Stephen Harper would "re-offer himself" or that Rona Ambrose would somehow allow herself to be "drafted" to notice that O'Leary was dominating the race without even having entered.
They offered these fairy tales to the public while comparing the hype surrounding O'Leary to the Bre-X Minerals affair, something nobody has talked about since the 1990's.
That was fitting, as these people are so divorced from reality that they're not even sure what decade it is.
Which is why they have moved on from pretending like O'Leary couldn't possibly be running to pretending like he isn't worth paying attention to.
Already I can hear, "The CPC base is not like the Republican base."
Or "Kevin O'Leary is not a SERIOUS politician."
Or, "How about those Blue Jays?"
Anything but the truth that stares them right in the face.
But then again, the traumatized and shrivelled CPC is behaving exactly how you would expect them to behave after the annihilation that was 2015.
They are putting on a brave face and soldiering on because they have to.
Their attempt to put a dent in Trudeau's immortal approval ratings with #Elbowgate fell flat. They told us the honeymoon was over when it decidedly was not. But don't worry -- they've moved on to telling us that Trudeau will slowly fall out of favour with Canadians.
Then we had this past weekend's convention, where people paid lip service to Stephen Harper while trying their best to cleanse the party constitution of any references to his tenure.
They tried oh-so-hard to convince people they were a kinder, gentler party than the one that stood for election last October, and the media rolled their eyes and ran sarcastic articles about the real story -- Harper's departure has led to a renewal of hostilities between the warring factions. Not that the hostilities ever really stopped while he was around...
There were a few attempts at this thing other human beings call "humour" because the CPC wanted to show the world that they aren't the snarly and mean characters the media has depicted them as, but a Muslim delegate wasn't having any of it and called them out, and they reverted to the safety of their talking points.
The desire to erase Harper's legacy was so palpable that people were musing openly about a national youth wing.
And not a single bold conservative idea in sight.
Kevin O'Leary has no time for this cuckery.
And in that respect, he is already more in touch with Canadians than anything the CPC is currently putting out.