From the Stratfor emails:
America loves “winners”. You can be a porn-star banging golfer, gambling basketball player who gets his father killed because of debts or a rapist boxer who eats human ears. Bottom line is that if you can deliver wins, people will be fascinated by you and give you respect. This is why it was so central to the Republicans to defeat Obama on healthcare, not because of its contents but because of its symbolic meaning.
That revealing email might not seem to have much in common with New Zealand, but the same desperation shown by the Republicans to win is also being shown by Labour in their attempts to find a win.
Last week in the house Trevor Mallard continued to use up valuable parliamentary questions and speaking time in debates in his forlorn hope of pursuing the strategy to “Get Banks”. In every case he got soundly spanked, either by his target or by interjections and follow up speakers. By the end of the week he looked like a broken shadow of a man…with dementia.
By the end of the week though even his own caucus were sick of his histrionics and some were privately thinking that Jami-lee Ross had spoken the truth about his early onset dementia.
But the reason why Mallard is pursuing this is because Labour haven’t got any wins…they quite simply are losers. They have tried for nearly 6 years to get John Key and have failed. They have tried to get other ministers and targeted specifically Judith Collins and Paula Bennett…and failed. Collins simply takes the cudgel to whichever hapless opposition spokesperson is lined up for the beating in the house against her and Paula Bennet just scoffs at their pathetic jibes.
Labour is losing and winning matters.
Take asset sales…Labour based their entire campaign around opposing asset sales, National’s campaign main plank of policy was the mixed ownership model. In the election National won the highest ever vote of any party in New Zealand….and Labour scored their lowest ever vote since 1928. You couldn’t miss all the signs and Labour even flouted traffic regulations to prove their point. And yet they still fight it.
They do that because winning matters, and they still haven’t got any wins. Not on policy and not on their nasty personal attacks.
Labour are desperate to get some wins…who know maybe the two polls on Sunday will deliver them some small relief…somehow I doubt it.
Winners are grinners and Labour sure isn’t grinning, they look broken, dejected and chastened. They project their loser mentality and people know it.