Brad Delong runs various families of posts beginning with the heading ‘why oh why’. As in
Why oh why
– are we ruled by these idiots?
– are we ruled by these liars?
– can’t we have a better press corps?
and so on.
Why oh why do inane conventional wisdoms circulate in the media with such force. One such – rightly attacked by Paul Keating – was the idea that labour couldn’t win in one election – it would take two. This seems to have gone the way of the dodo even though the ALP went backwards at the last election. It was just a bit of nonsense doing the rounds.
Here’s Christian Kerr in today’s Crikey.
Who will be PM in 2010? If Rudd wins, its most unlikely hell be challenged in his first term. If Howard stays and wins, he might stay healthy and retain the will to continue so long as his party wants him to, but his position will be untenable even as Howard the Invincible.
Well I don’t expect Howard to be PM in 2010 either. But that’s a completely different thing from saying that in 2010 his position as “Howard the Invicible” will be ‘untenable’. Why (oh why) would that be? He would have won five elections.