As if to prove the point I made in my previous post about the current mission of the Sydney Institute to expose all media types as feckless readers of the signs of the times, Hendo can’t resist bagging out other journos for getting it all wrong about Latham. Hendo advances the very dubious proposition that Crean would have done better in 2004. Unlikely. I had some time for Crean but he was torn down by the Labor Party and if he’d held on, that would never have changed. Gerry also thinks Beazley would have done better against Howard. Well, the Beazer has proved that he’s good at narrowly losing to Howard. Yay! The Doc Evatt comparison also rears it head again – in short, Hendo’s no Latho fan. And he says so rather gracelessly.
Chris Sheil and John Quiggin are right – Latho had no chance given the performance of the press, and the same journos who criticised the undignified nature of Latho’s exit contributed to the very same scenario. Hendo sinks the boot in now that Latho presumably won’t talk back.