This struck me as one of the more plausible theories about what is happening to the NDP these days. If this is what is actually occurring, it's the beginning of the end for THE BIG DIPPERS.
If an extremist nutjob hijacked the agenda of the big two parties, the Conservatives or the Liberals, he would be maneuvered out of the leader's seat by the moderate elements in the party who actually want to win an election one day. We all saw this happen with Stockwell Day.And while you're there, check out the selection of Iranian Holocaust Denial cartoons.
What is happening with the NDP though is that, instead of maneuvering against Layton, the moderate elements are running to the Liberal party. This is creating the really bizarre effect that, the nuttier Layton's NDP becomes, the greater support for Layton within the NDP becomes! Thus the crazier Layton is empowered to be and the more internal debate within the party is shut down.
Man, those Persians sure know how to have a good time.