The media, Labour, Whaleoil, other excitable blog commenters and Uncle Tom Cobley have been beside themselves ever since PM Key announced his decision to step aside.
They all predict defeat for National in 2017 but none of them, not one, has seemed interested in explaining how it is that the resignation of John Key, magically, somehow has transformed the drones of the Labour Party into a finely honed political killing machine, led by a dynamic leader and a sharp witted, competent deputy.
And all in just twenty four hours.
A dynamic leader
A sharp witted, competent deputy
Little and Robertson remain irrelevant, incompetent, insufferable and unelectable. They are no more electable than they were three weeks ago.
And now they have to find a new strategy because kicking John Key is off the menu. That's a pity really because it worked so well for them over the last eight years.
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