Softly, softly comes Tony

We didn’t see much of Tony Abbott for a while.

After being savaged by Leigh Sales last week and Lisa Wilkinson not 24 hours later, Tony went into hiding and the media didn’t bother to seek him out.

Finally, after a very long period where the media treated Abbott as though he was sacrosanct, the poor diddums was asked some hard, critical questions.  He showed some massive cracks in response.

Let’s look at the preceding 24 months. His backflips, brain farts and childish Parliamentary behaviour have been hailed as brilliant political manoeuvres by the media. He has been their source of lots and lots of photo ops, great one-liners and nasty quips. To a certain extent Abbott had been ‘the news’, accompanied by numerous pics in lycra, hard hats and ‘small business’ photo opportunities. Every story in the media started with “Mr Abbott says . . .” or “The leader of the opposition says . . .”

For a week and a bit such praises slowly disappeared from the media landscape. After losing his wits Tony had lost his shine. He was on the cusp of becoming a joke so the obliging media left him alone.

But praise the good Lord he is back and the media again seek him out. Yesterday’s headline after the Prime Minister’s Gonski address was:

Tony Abbott has slammed Julia Gillard’s Gonski address yesterday as too vague and unworthy of a prime minister.

The Opposition Leader told reporters in Melbourne today that Ms Gillard was “more interested in striking a pose” than delivering education reform.

They say that a week is a long time in politics and the media obviously thought a week off would be long enough for Tony.

Let’s look at the next 12 months. His backflips, brain farts and childish Parliamentary behaviour will be hailed as brilliant political manoeuvres by the media. He will be their source of lots and lots of photo ops, great one-liners and nasty quips. To a certain extent Abbott will be ‘the news’, accompanied by numerous pics in lycra, hard hats and ‘small business’ photo opportunities. Every story in the media will start with “Mr Abbott says . . .” or “The leader of the opposition says . . .”

It started yesterday.

Softly, softly comes Tony. Gripping the coat-tails of the media.

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