By one solitary vote.
90% chance of this being the best thing ever – electoral oblivion for the Liberals and a great opportunity for the Greens.
And a tiny, but nightmare-inducing prospect of it being the worst.
Tony Abbott as PM. Can you imagine?
UPDATE: Ten minutes of Abbott as leader has broken Twitter:
UPDATE: Do you think this is the time for Labor to go in hard, reinforce the idea of Abbott as a ludicrous fringe candidate, a loser who’ll take his party to destruction – or could that backfire? Australians love an underdog, after all.
UPDATE #2: And something else to keep in mind. Given how appalling Abbott as PM would be, the rest of us are relying on the ALP and the Greens not to take ANY RISKS making sure that doesn’t happen. Underestimating the gullibility of voters the way the press underestimated the risk-taking of the Libs’ party room would be very unfortunate indeed.