I guess this heroic headline and photograph leading the Liberals’ own totally cowed ABC News this morning seemed like a good idea at the time:
That’ll have to play well in the marginals, surely! And the business people who’d know better won’t point out the absurdity because they’re on our side. Same with the News Ltd media and our obedient ABC.
If only someone had warned the Liberal backbenchers:
Liberal MP Don Randall launched into a withering attack on Mr Hockey’s suggestion, labelling a “typical lunatic fringe idea” from the Greens – until it was pointed out that it came from the Coalition’s top money man. “It’s really going to have a negative effect on our economy … it’s really a worry”.
How perfect. The Libs’ line on everything the Greens’ say exposed as the empty, automatic rhetoric it is – it doesn’t matter what the Greens say, we’ll attack it as “fringe” – and Hockey’s populist stupidity, and what remains of his credibility, utterly sunk. Considering the low level required by the media over the last six months to trumpet some minor intrigue in the Labor camp as disastrous – surely this devastating implosion, as revealing as it is, should hang around the Liberals’ heads for at least a while.
In a just world, this would lead the evening news bulletins. Hey, ABC, you were happy to lead with it this morning when it seemed like a good story for Hockey – do you have the guts to sink in the boot now that the Liberals would rather it went away? Like a real news organisation would?
UPDATE: Zomg. Randall also called the national broadcaster “The Gay-BC”.
He’s a real asset to their team.