Newspoll Tuesday – Bon Jovi Edition
Posted by Possum Comitatus on March 18, 2008
If you were thinking that the political story of the morning was the latest Newspoll, well – you’d probably be right. But! As Christian Kerr reports in his new home over at The Oz, the other big news of the day is what Brendan Nelson has declared in the latest register of members interests that was tabled in Parliament yesterday – his ownership of a ticket to see Bon Jovi!
As someone that owns a not inconsiderable number of Bon Jovi albums (shhhhhhhh!), I can sympathise with poor old Brendan here being outed as a bit of a closet fan, unless of course, it’s a cunning plan to boost his stocks with the sympathy vote.
The latest Newspoll figures have the ALP primary vote down 4 points to 47 with the Coalition up 4 to 35 for a two party preferred result of 59/41 to the ALP – a 4 point drop from last poll. Rudds satisfaction is down 4 (to 65) and his dissatisfaction up 5 (to 17) – I suppose that is to be expected after the fabricated nonsense being peddled last week about carers payments getting axed, while satisfaction for the Nightwatchman is up 6 (to 35) and dissatisfaction is down 1(to 37).
But the number that’s been amusing us all lately, the preferred PM rating, has Nelson back into double figures at 10 points! I guess all that hard work during the last fortnight (albeit by some News Ltd journos) paid off.
Keep the faith Brendan!
Ha! I was going to a write a long spiel riddled with Bon Jovi cliches and youtube links, but thought it was too corny.
Guess not from the comments so far! It’s good to know I’m not the only one with a sad sense of humor.
Poor Old Nighwatchman – Sure he might have been “the last man standing” in the leadership contest, but from last weeks parliamentry performance, poor old Brendan looks like he’s crying out “I want to be loved”! Have you ever seen anyone ooze such caring from every pore in their body? He had “something for the pain” that everyone was feeling – carers, pensioners, you name a vulnerable section of the community and Brendan was saying “we aint strangers anymore” and “I’ll be there for you”. Unfortunately it all looked a little too much like “love for sale” than any real notion of compassion rediscovered.
The nightwatchman’s “complicated” tenure on the leadership “these days”, where no one wants it just right now, but everyone wouldnt mind a piece of it a little later on means that we can probably all expect more of this type of vacuous “if that’s what it takes” policy theatrics over the coming months. Nelson knows that the reality of his leadership is a case of drawing on one perpetual “last cigarette”, where he’s “damned” whatever he does. In a situation like this, “stick to your guns” seems to be the angle de jure, even if the theme of “everybodys broken” with a dash of “fear” for effect is hardly believable.
On “any other day” in any other year it would be “damned” for the political piffle it essentially is, but Nelson understands that he needs to be seen as having “something to believe in”. For the moment that perception falls away, there’ll be a “whole lot of leaving going on” in his parliamentry support base, and he’ll be “one step closer” to the “bad medicine “ of a leadership spill.
So for now, his motto seems to be “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, and “hey god”, you know, you’ve just gotta “keep the faith”. While it might be an all too familiar “story of my life” for Nelsons political career, the one thing he does understand is that when it comes to being the leader of a political party – “it’s hard letting you go”. The bloke might look “unbreakable”, but he knows the “bitter wine” that is to come.
After 27 Bon Jovi references, I’m exhausted
People have asked about Ozforums – I have no idea, they’re down for me too.