It seems that Gillard’s credibility and Abbott’s credibility will bring them both down soon. And there is a reason for this.
Both have embraced the Howard method of dumbing-down and shrill simplistic accusation. Both talk in abusive banalties, and voices that irritate, of the other’s ‘negativity’ or ‘incompetence’ or disloyalty to Australia.
The arrival of Bob Carr has put all that into sharp relief. He does not dumb you down, he smarts you up. He shows you the complexity and uncertainty of the world in a particular troubling time, and talks to you as if you were an adult, or even a scholar.
This makes Abbott’s rants and blatherings seem prepubescent, shrill, dumb, bullying and out of touch. It makes him look like he is still in short pants, and has cried Wolf once too often.
Abbott cannot recover from this. He seems like a fool now, the Barnaby Joyce or Bill Heffernan or Wilson Tuckey or Campbell Newman kind of fool the Liberal Party usually demotes or sidelines or sends, like Alexander Downer, to Cyprus to fondle his hangover.
He is gone for all money, and will not see out the year.
And Bob Carr will be the reason.
He is our Better Angel, and it is good to have him back.