You've seen the polls, both TV1 and Tv3 and New Zealand is in love with John Boy!
Have we ever had a prime minister with such high rating, one who is truly popular AND competent?
Today, we have seen with Section 92, as I blogged earlier, a prime minister who is prepared to listen, take advice and act upon it.
Hence the announcement of the delay into Liarbour's copyright legacy and its likely scrapping too.
I had similar feelings this afternoon as I perused the National Party website trying to check some minutae of government policy when I came across some words of tribute to Jeanette Fitzsimons, who announced her retirement as Green Party leader.
There was a media release which featured the PM paying tribute to Genetix. He admitted they did not agree on much, but they were kind, heartfelt wishes, all the same.
Now, there are those who don't always appreciate kind words, especially to enemies, and David Farrar was admonished by Cactus Kate for saying them.
Now, many years ago, when editing a paper in Thames, I got to know Jeanette Fitzsimons pretty well. She was an absolute sweetie, always helpful to the media, she had good support staff and one once occassion I was invited to dinner at Jeanette's house where I got to meet Nicky Hagar!
Of course, it did not go down too well after the others raised the Waiohpi spy base and I said 'But the Americans are our friends."
Anyway, I do accept that despite the sweetly smiles of Jeanette Fitzsimons, that she isn't as barking as the others, this might make her somewhat dangerous, by making Greenery acceptable to the public.
But I do think we can be chivalrous and be kind to our enemeies when we can.
And this is where John Boy scores. This is why he is a hit with the voters.
There is none of the bitter negativity we used to get from Uncle Helen.
John Boy might admit to differences but he will never call South Aucklanders, or anyone, 'feral inbreds', or attack Phil In as 'cancerous and corrosive'. His way of putting the boot in is to do it nicely, while smiling, the smiling assasin.
Indeed, reading his comments on Fitzsimons again, recalling the debt the party will have to her, was a backhanded way of warning about the complete tossers in line to succeed, like Sue Bradford, and Muteira whatever her name is, as well as the total barmpot Delahunty.
You see, National has it sussed.
Here's Bill Ralston praising the National Party's media team for how they fly kites in working out which policies to push.
And in the recent weeks I have had dealings with quite a few National Party media handlers, including John Key's, I have found them professional, helpful and competent. Where they did not know the minutae of government policy, they were upfront and frank about it.
Indeed, you only have to look at the picture of John Key, with the young Maori boy and the kitten, which I keep using.
What else could warm the new PM to the nation, whether it be stage managed or not?