He always was a gutless wonder. Couldn’t go two rounds with Winnie the Pooh.
The most effective Labor ad out there, to my eye, is the one where she talks about how Howard says he’s going to retire sometime and then (but when?) Costello will be PM, and that she would never vote for Costello (and that’s despite the actor coming across as more than a little personally annoying).
Many many people feel the same, and the rest of the front bench is even worse, except for possibly the Malcolm Turnbull factor. Of course, Turnbull will never get the party numbers to be PM unless the Lib party totally implodes and purges the Howardians from influence, and even if they lose this election there’s still going to be enough Howardians to provide an unedifying spectacle of power struggles through at least one full term of government.
Why, yes, those are crocodile tears running down my cheeks. Sparkly, aren’t they?