YES, Zaid is a rejected product. When he was the MP for Kota Bharu, he failed to deliver. On top of that, he screwed many things, including the new Umno building there which was said to be over-budget.
I agree with what Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said in Hulu Selangor today that Zaid Ibrahim did not make any effort to solve the people's problem after winning the general election in 2004. Because of that, he was dropped in the 2008 polls (read here).
And now, this reject is trying to be a hero for Hulu Selangor, a constituent he himself is not familiar with. PKR, in the eyes of many Hulu Selangor voters, fielded a wrong candidate for the April 25 by-election. Minus his drinking habit (of which he claimed he has quit), Zaid is the best man for a losing and desperate team.
Pakatan Rakyat could have chosen someone local and with credence, instead of a rejected product who is not anymore welcome by Umno. That's why PR saved his politics of 'corporate and legalistic entity' - he refuses to take advise and is only interested for others to listen to him.
He will eventually become a 'pain in the arse' for PR in general and to PKR, specifically. During his tenure as a Minister at the Prime Minister's Department, he actually wanted a senior minister post, which prompted him to 'revolt' against the then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Anwar Ibrahim parachuted him from Kelantan to Selangor, hoping for Zaid's 'unpleasant' track record to fool the voters.
Nobody knows how long he can get along with people like Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh, whom he used to lambast when he was with Umno. Being an egoist, Zaid may cause big problems to PR.
Should Hulu Selangor's voters pick him as their Member of Parliament, they will end up like the people of Kota Bharu - neglected and toyed around.