- It's a stupid thing to say this late in the game, especially in a race that is still well within the margin of error;
- It motivates the base of your opponents even more than your own -- in fact some of your own people may vote against you just to get rid of you.
So I just say, let's grant him his wish. He needs to go back to the boardrooms where he's more comfortable, not the Cabinet room. They're going to need a lobbyist like him to fight tooth and nail against the carbon tax.