Matthew Hooton has written an article in the NBR talking about who could be the next Labour leader.
He speaks of centrist candidates Stu Nash and Kel Davis as potential leaders if they can win their seats.
Depending on how their electorate races go, two names would emerge: Labourâ€™s candidates in Te Tai Tokerau and Napier, Kelvin Davis and Stuart Nash.
Both live and breath Labour values but are reasonably centralist, in the John Key mode.Â Both have played for the parliamentary rugby team, drink beer out of the bottle, are married to women and have kids.
If Mr Davis makes it back to parliament, he will have defeated the formidable Hone Harawira and kept Ms Harre, Ms Sykes and Mr Minto out.Â By working hard at the local level over two elections, Mr Nash will have overturned Nationalâ€™s massive 9108 majority from 2008.Â Both will have done it by getting National voters to tick red.
In Mr Davisâ€™ case, he would become the first Maori leader of a major political party.Â For Mr Nash, he would be seeking election as prime minister in 2017, exactly 60 years after the last Nash, his grandfather Walter, took Labour to power.Â Moreover, in Labourâ€™s centenary year, the grandson of Michael Joseph Savageâ€™s finance minister would be leading the party towards power.Â If they worked together, a Nash/Davis ticket would be a dream team.