Eyes Show Devastation Of Shocking Defeat
Two excellent accounts of John Howard's last day as prime minister :
'That's How It Goes' - Howard Campaigns For Every Last Vote
And the day after, with a bit of the night before as well :
24 Hours In The Life Of An Ex-Prime Minister
The rage and bitterness on show in these stories from shocked Liberal supporters towards non-Howard voters is disturbing. What happened to graciousness in defeat?
So much for all that alleged violence of the Howard Haters.
Speaking of which, a whip around the online newspaper sites reveal that just about everyone connected with the 'conservative' side of politics this morning has already become one of the Howard Haters they used to so very recently revile.
Much of this New Howard Hatred comes from the dawning horror that the Liberals are in ruins, for the next few months at least, and that Howard purposely shafted Costello and destroyed any chance he had of becoming prime minister, or even an enthusiastic leader of the Liberal Party.
No wonder Costello decided to pass on the leadership. Who'd want to hang around this grim and explosive pack of bitterly sore losers for another six or ten years?