If a protestor at the carbon tax rally last week had held up a sign saying Prime Minister Julia Gillard was a “dead carcass, swinging in the breeze”, what would the reaction have been?
Vitriol is part of political life. But there is no one who can spew it out with the calculated cruelty and contempt of former PM Paul Keating. He could craft the sort of insults that other politicians would be proud to be associated with.
Mr Keating has now made headlines for his attack on John Robertson, NSW MP and potential party leader. He said Robertson wore the political deaths of a couple of dozen Labor members around his neck, and was a “lead weight” in Gillard’s political saddlebags. It was not a bad effort. It wasn’t his best.
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Hint: it’s something on the stage and we’re not talking about the President’s pants.
The man who led one of the greatest campaigns in the history of western politics has resorted to this? Oh well, at least at the rally he was jamming on some other themes, such as: “Buck up, Democrats”. You can read about it here, here and here.
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