Yesterday must have been one of them for John Key. Over on TV3, his political rival (no, not Bill English) is announcing the opening of FTA negotiations with the USA and basking in the knowledge that this political legacy will be hers. Over on TV1, Key is attempting to explain why he lied to Parliament about the extent of his shareholding in TranzRail. He must have given the cat a good kick when he got home.
Now, the above may appear to be gloating, and what the hell, it is - I find neither Key nor the National Party sympathetic figures. I can't say I'm that chuffed about yesterday's outcomes, though.
The thing is, I may not like National but the current govt is way past its use-by date and National/ACT are the only reasonable contenders to replace it. Clark and her team are displaying all the born-to-rule arrogance and who-gives-a-shit incompetence of people who've been in power too long. I think they did a good job, but after 9 years it's time to move on and give the righties a turn. The Yanks are wise to only allow their presidents 8 years in the job - we should have something similar.
On that basis, the sight of Key pissing all over his own leg at the same time as Clark is announcing a huge success really isn't good. Pull yourself together, mate - you're making exactly the same mistake Clark made when she lied about knowing of Glenn's donation to Winston First, the same mistake Brash made when he lied about National's involvement with the Brethren. That kind of panic can have nasty effects on your poll results. Front up, don't try to weasel out of it or pretend it's a dirty distraction by your opponents - that just chips away your support.