I am not the most neutral commentator when it comes to Peters, but my impression is that this has backfired fairly badly.
The media, almost to a person, are appalled, and they have been reminded that there is a very dark and nasty side to Peters. In recent times he has been portrayed as fun, a bit of a dag etc.
The link to Rodney is so flimsy, even if Peron had broken any laws which he has not, that it makes it look like what it is – a willingness to destroy someone’s life just to take a shot at Rodney. And I think Rodney has gained a lot of kudos for not distancing himself from Jim, but going in to bat for him.
I think this really does qualify as a new low point in politics. If I had to say something nice about Peters this week, the best I could come up with is “Makes McCarthy look good by comparison”.