The only real Howard battler

Sunday, 13 May 2007 

… is of course Howard himself.

On the same day that a Galaxy poll suggests Howard could lose Bennelong, TV news has him already there campaigning. This image of Howard defending his seat adds to the familiar one of the little guy battling against the evil political class. Labor’s choice of a celebrity candidate might not have helped if it wasn’t the softly-spoken McKew.

As one of the less successful members of the Australian political class during the 1980s and early 1990s, Howard turned it into an advantage by making it appear he was outside it, even a victim of it. But he is not the only one doing it. Rudd is also by-passing the normal political forums, something missed last week by those media commentators getting excited over the doings on the floor of Parliament. An exception was Matt Price of the Australian whose more accurate assessment was helped by temporarily dropping out of the circus with a bad foot!

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Sunday, 13 May 2007.

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