I’m not sure why we are picking the next leader of the National Party at this point, we still have an election to get past. Â This, to some degree is why the media is broken. Â Take a look:
Â I reckon this dirty politics saga has hurt him. Throw enough mud and some of it sticks. While Key wasn’t poor in the first TV leaders’ debate on Thursday, I thought he came second.
He lacked cut-through and confidence. You can guarantee he’ll be better next time.
But for now it’s hard not to think that the teflon is wearing off.
Yes, he may well win this election – but the Dirty Politics book will hurt him long-term. It’s the beginning of the end. It happens to all long-serving leaders.
Helen Clark’s former top press secretary used to say the tread goes from the tyres over time – and Key has lost a lot of tread this election campaign.
So who might replace him one day as National’s leader? Let’s rule out some non-starters. Judith Collins had designs on the job but her poor judgment, lack of composure and temperament and underhand tactics rule her out.
Steven Joyce is an option, but he’s likely to be seen as not warm or politically attractive enough.
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