Costello said on Monday night that Turnbull has had a far easier ride than Nelson, but this blog is now not so sure. There seems no other way to explain the Liberals’ extraordinary behaviour over the last few days.
Christian Kerr thought senior Liberals on Monday were ‘rallying’ to Turnbull. Lord knows what he thinks ‘left swinging in the breeze’ looks like.
That such an incident, so trivial in nature, should turn out be so potentially damaging to two senior political figures and was actually damaging to another, should have been proof of the anti-political climate our politicians are operating in. Now, with what is becoming almost the canonisation of the said public servant, we have more.
Politicians avoid Rove not because it’s ‘easy’ and they yearn the tough questions of a Kerry O’Brien but because it is anti-political.
There is only one political/ideological/theological question the Liberals need to answer at the moment, what does business want?
Unlike Rudd, Turnbull does not lead a technocratic shell that is happy to leave its policies to its leader, but Australia’s last political party that is still desperately thrashing around on what it stands for.
What we have seen in the last week is how destructive to both parties the current climate can be on the most minor of issues and from practices that would have been quite acceptable in the past.
Turnbull, someone who has made a career out of his ability to nurture powerful contacts, decided to make such an issue about the contacts of someone who has made a career out of not having any.
The whole fuss shows the degree to which the political class has become so insecure in the last few years, that what would have passed for normal political activity has become almost impossible.