In the event Dr Bumblefoot's assault is repulsed on Saturday, I could not have imagined stronger encouragement for ACT to have Rodney move over graciously and allow John Bascowan to lead the party.
John Key has given him his lifeline.
Prime Minister John Key says that Rodney Hide would keep his ministerial portfolios if Don Brash rolled Mr Hide as leader of the Act Party.
Adolf reads that as 'would keep his ministerial portfolios if anybody rolled Mr Hide as leader of the Act Party."
The door has been opened for an orderly succession after the coup is repulsed.
As far as Don's Party goes - well it will attract the extremists from the right and, who knows, it may well serve at least one useful purpose. It will bleed off a whole lot of votes which otherwise might have gone the way of Winston Peters and could well turn out be the major factoir in keeping the most despicable politician ever, out of office.
So, what happens to Brash and Banks if ACT goes into the election with John Bascowan as leader, standing in Tamaki; Rodney Hide No 2 on the list and withdrawing from the electoral race; with National mounting a vigorous campaign in Epsom with its own strong candidate?
Does anybody seriously think the astute voters of Epsom will back a party of right wing ideologues and reject their own party of steady as she goes, carefully measured and sure progress?
I don't think so.