Today must surely be a watershed moment in the lead up to the 2007 election. Malcolm Farrs revelations concerning the secret Liberal party polling conducted by Textor Crosby, the findings that the voters see Howard as old and dishonest and its recommendation to respond by blaming the States, must surely be a body blow to the Howard campaign.
This front page tabloid story is confirmation to the suburban reader, that its not just they as individuals who think that Mr. Howard is a slippery little so-and-so, but that its a broadly held view. One, in fact, thats becoming quite the fashion.
Tim Dunlop expresses what a helluva lot of people are now thinking.
Anyway, get used to it. From now until the election, everything good that happens in your life, Mr Howard will be taking credit for it. Anything bad that happens will be blamed on the States.
In the last little while weve seen the NT intervention, the Murray Darling Water fight, the Tassie Hospital usurpation, and now the States causing the interest rates blowout. The Prime Minister strains credulity with his implication that the States wield so much influence. The bizarre picture he is trying to paint of a Federal Government as the underdog in a battle with the States in the coming election (coordinated through Rudd), just wont wash. We Herald Sun readers at least know the basics. The local councils sit on the bottom rung, the States on the middle rung and the Federal Government at the top. To suggest that he, Howard, doesnt have control, and must intervene in State matters in this dramatic and sudden way, is at odds with the hierarchical picture that we have of our governments, and conflicts harshly with the image of authority and experience hes has successfully projected for a decade. If the States really were screwing thing up, how come hes only found out about it now after eleven years in office?
Mr. Howard sees the Textor Crosby revelation as water under the bridge.
It was done a couple of months ago, I think our position has improved since then.
His position may have improved, but theres every chance that it will decline again with the release of this dossier. After all who want’s to be associated with a desparate loser?
It was Schrödinger who noted that observing a system changes it. The unintended release of the Liberal Partys experimental observations on the tabloid front pages must surely have an effect on this system. Confirmation, for those who needed it, that the blame the States campaign is just another tricky little play to hold onto power, and all the more reason to believe that Schrödingers cat will be eating this little rodent for lunch.
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The Federal Health Minister has labelled the Opposition Leader “a wimp”.
Soon to follow: wedgies, dead-legs and Glad Wrap over the parliamentary dunnies.