It's still quite early in the contest but, judging by the March 12 televised leadership debate on the replacement of Tom Mulcair at the helm of the federal NDP, the entire proceedings could become known as the bland leading the bland.
Even the traditional iconic bright orange party colour has been replaced by a washed out tangerine with an even duller gray background. Somehow it all seems symbolic as the federal NDP fades into history.
There is no excitement. There are no headline-grabbing events. There is no attraction to the federal NDP for most Canadians.
As the party struggles to re-establish its credibility with Canadian voters, it has to bury a few hatchets left over from Mulcair's embarrassing loss to Justin Trudeau's surging Liberals in the 2015 federal election. It became even more embarrassing when, after stating he wanted to remain as party leader in the next federal election, Mulcair was defeated in 2016 in a confidence vote on his leadership; hence the current leadership campaign.
Candidates have until July 3 to file their nomination papers for the vote which is scheduled to begin Sept. 18. Whatever possible gains the NDP might rack up during the leadership campaign, if the NDP party faithful can't drum up anymore enthusiasm than what we have seen to date, there won't be any NDP gains in public opinion -- or potential election poll results.