If enough Kiwiblog readers joined, is there any chance that we could elect Mallard? How do the rules work here… If Mallard declined to stand then could we elect him anyway and force him to lead? I vaguely recall that the Greens elected Norman as half of their leader, even tho he wasn’t in parliament at the time. Does that mean we could all elect Whaleoil as Labour leader? Or Penny Bright? Or Don Brash, who only needs one more to have led a majority of NZ political parties?
Shades of Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Operation Chaos’ where he encouraged conservative listeners to register as Democrats to vote for Clinton in open primaries to prolong the Democratic nominating process in 2008. Clinton did experience a mini surge towards the end of the race enabling her to snaffle up large states like Texas and Pennsylvania but the Dems crazy PR system awarded delegates proportionately and were insufficient to overcome the lead Obama had amassed in earlier contests.
As exciting as it might be to rort the vote, the phrase “a local electorate representative will contact you” on Labour’s membership joining section of their website indicates that maybe with the change in the Constitution to the 40/40/20 system that they figured out how to avoid an ‘Operation Chaos’.
Cactus has endorsed DC. I’ve yet to decide. Of course he may be elected unopposed. Robertson may not stand as if he loses to DC, he might lose Deputy.
Robertson should follow Shearer’s example and put his own job up for grabs now. He can’t be both leader and deputy, and clearly, he would not be Cunliffe’s preferred deputy after the way he shafted Shearer. If he had any integrity, he would have been at the podium with his leader yesterday.
And it has been confirmed that yesterday has Helen Clark’s fingerprints all over it. Which high-ranking Labour MP was such a Clark insider when he worked in her office that he was “affectionately” known as H3? Grant Robertson has undermined David Shearer persistently; can he be trusted?
As the NBC (No one But Cunliffe) campaign gathers momemtum could some one give us the link to the footage of DC rallying Pacifika picketers at the Port strike in Auckland. Nothing else so beautifully portrays a man who can empathise with the down trodden. A man who is prepared to shed his erudite exterior to bare a soul in consanace with the down trodden. Right down to the fake Pacifika accent.
Ah, Mickey has graced us with his presence…Welcome to the side of the political internet where you don’t get banned for disagreeing with the Commissars…How many did you have to ban from the Standard yesterday? (Yes, readers, I confess I did go there yesterday, gas mask firmly in place)…I see Prentice permanently banned one for “commenting while already banned”… Among other things, This shows the socialists’ facility with the interweb hasn’t improved much since that howler…what was it? When the entire membership’s e-mail addresses were available to anyone who looked on their site? Whale found the hole…
Get DPF to show you how you how, when you suspend someone, they physically CAN’T continue to comment Mickey…I’m sure he will do that for you; he’s a very amiable chap…It will save you a few public executions….
God the circus of the next few weeks while you all savage (couldn’t resist) and shit on each other is going to be fun…
Seems to me David Cunliffe is Labour’s best chance to win the election.
He may be a bit of a wild card in as far as he might come across badly, but when it comes to being elected – there is one thing worse than being known as a smarmy obnoxious person – and that is not being known at all.
If Labour had someone with a genuine strategic and politically pragmatic brain in its inner circle they would’ve stitched up a consensus candidate before Shearer fell on his sword. I suspect someone was attempting that but Shearer’s woeful performance in the House on Tuesday accelerated his demise. The truth is that there is no consensus candidate in the caucus otherwise Shearer would’ve been rolled a while ago. The ABC faction have no real champion after Shearer as they are politically savvy enough to know that a gay man won’t win back Waitakere man and keep Pasifika voters home. Little is a git and Shane Jones has the liability of the porn fling which won’t go down well with the sisterhood and women voters of which Labour tends to attract in larger number than men.
If the electoral hail Mary of opting for a leader hated by a chunk of his caucus but superficially appealing to left leaning voters (as Labor has done with Rudd) was seen to be working, I’m sure enough of the ABC faction might bite the bullet and spare the party the 4 – 6 week media frenzy examining every nuance of its factional mess. Likely hubris will win out – Robertson thinks he’s the heir apparent and Cunliffe knows the party will vote for him. Robertson won’t be able to stitch up the caucus so he’s the sole candidate and Cunliffe WANTS it to go to the full vote because he knows it’s his best chance of winning and he thinks he can heal the party afterwards.
National must be pinching themselves – fully taking advantage of the old axiom that you stay well away when your enemy is having another circular firing squad session!
I do not believe we will see a smug John Key poking crap over this. He is clever and he should realise that kiwis will not appreciate it if he is seen to take delight from Shearer’s downfall or having any part in it. Shearer is regarded as an ordinary kiwi bloke by many, something Key is becoming less like by the day, as comments on blogs indicate they may look up to him, but they don’t associate with him – if he is seen to be taking any sort of delight from this, it will cost Key. He made a sensible statement last night about Shearer, I think that will be about all we get from him.
In fact, I’m really surprised that DPF has come out with this. Surely he is astute enough to know that too much in this direction will turn against Key, when its done by Key supporters.
What is just so cute to see here is the lefties getting their panties all in a bunch over some pretty low grade amusement from Cactus and others. Anything, no matter how illegal or tasteless, goes when criticizing *their* opponents (aka scum), but a bit of very gentle borax poked back and its everyone on their high and mighty “holier than you” horse quick smart !
Just goes to show that a sense of humour and the left doesn’t mix, unless its the sort that generates belly laughs at dead people who they hate.
Agreed Ed Snack – the howls of indignation over Finlayson’s comments re: anti GCSB shills..”have some respect for Palmer et al” Compare them with the vile & dishonest nastiness displayed in comments at JK.
The Left …hilarious, dishonest, hypocritical and a danger to decent society.