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Somewhat ironically he has the mirror-role Teresa May adopted. Putting the public will before his own personal beliefs (if there were another referendum and Remain won), a suboptimal situation from the points of view of authenticity and passion.
Does he have the same lust for leadership she has doggedly evinced?
Just because he is perceived as a Brexiteer, does that mean his negotiating skills for a deal are compromised by that?
How important is Europe to Corbyn? In or out, his job remains (sorry!) pretty much the same. Even he had ten times the following, uniting Remainers and Exiteers under some ideological Old Labour banner would be beyond his powers, especially dodging the daily establishment flak being PM would earn him.
His strong point - aside from the grisly self-destruction of the Tories - is that most of the country didn't even bother to vote the referendum. The obviously weren't bothered much either way, or took it for granted that Remainers would easily outnumber the Farage-loons, a done deal.
Just as the vast majority regard the whole Brexit psychodrama as a bizarre aberration concocted by idiotic politicians with too much free time. They just want the whole nightmare to be over either way so they can get on with their lives without thinking too much about politics.
Those people are his possible voter basin, and it's a huge one. The LibDems have last their cred, there are no young firebrand charismatic leaders on either side to capture the media attention. Voter apathy will still be an issue as many have given up all hope that politics can do anything but screw things up.
He will have to be very strong to guide the country, riven by Brexit, to a better place.
Within, where he is a known quantity and his scepticism would provide a counterpoint to the Macron-isation of Europe.
Without, he will see to it that wealth inequality will be pruned, and that young people attracted to a more idealistic politics can be a huge force for change.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Mar 25th, 2019 at 09:02:34 PM EST
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