Lew is on fire these days:
Don’t cuss out the media — Labour knows (or should know) how they work, and have in the past proven adept at playing the game. You single out the Veitch interview as a case where Key received an unjustified profile and character boost. I covered this in my post, did you read it? That Key felt emboldened to do that indicates he is cognisant of the opposition’s inability to present a credible threat. Instead of blaming the media for doing what the media does, ask yourself this: how, in New Zealand in 2011, does the Prime Minister get all matesy-blokey with one of the country’s best-known wife-beaters and not get crucified by the opposition for doing so? After all — it’s not the media’s job to crucify him; and goodness knows the National party isn’t going to crucify itself. Only one bunch of people has responsibility for bringing the wood and the nails, and banging them all together, and that’s the opposition. They didn’t even try; the only response was from an isolated 70s feminist from a minor party who’s widely regarded as a bit of a crank and is retiring at the end of the year in any case. Nobody is to blame for that absence of response but Labour.
Of course, Goff did speak on this issue yesterday:
Labour leader Phil Goff said Liz Hurley “was pretty close” to being on his top five hot women list.
Today is Goff’s wedding anniversary and he put his wife Mary in the number one spot.
He said Elle Macpherson and Julia Roberts would also feature in his top five, “all being totally hypothetical of course”.
I bet Goff is one of those guys with hundreds of books on ‘leadership’ on the bookshelves in his office.
UPDATE: Milt comments:
I … suspect the “sports boofhead” demographic to be a lot larger than you think.
I think that’s Goff’s attitude too. He is aware that his party has terrible numbers amongst male voters. And sure, there are a lot of rugby heads out there who think Tony Veitch is a hero and that breaking your girlfriends back and then using your wealth and celebrity to try and destroy her life is awesome – but how many of them are persuadable voters for the Labour Party? I think that number is close to zero. The number of National leaning centre voters – particularly female voters – who think that Veitch is evil, and that a Prime Minister who goes on his show and talks about fucking Jessica Alba is a jerk? Quarter of a million? More? But for Key to lose their votes, Goff would have to show some leadership on the ‘issue’. Instead he proved that he is also basically a jerk, and also a spineless jerk (‘I’d nail the same chick the PM would, oh and also my wife!’) which makes him even less attractive as a leader.