Blogger Jason offered a profound comment on The Political Sword that succinctly sums up the brewing political storm:
If Abbott won’t provide any policies to scrutinize, then we scrutinize what we can: his character.
And what a storm it is! Some ill winds are whirling around Abbott’s character, blowing away a political facade and exposing a man bereft of leadership qualities and human decency.
Will it be the perfect storm that sinks him?
I think so.
His ferocity as a politician is as legendary as his negativity. His parliamentary performances befit the man who was once labelled ‘John Howard’s attack dog‘. He still carries that label and ferocity:
Politicians don’t come any more ferocious and brutal than Abbott. He reverted to the wild the moment he got his paws on the Liberal leadership.
His style is pure attack dog, as feral as you’d get.
That’s fine as an attack dog politician, but Tony Abbott’s credibility is now haunted by a personality that is fundamentally just as feral. Inside and outside Parliament he is an outright bully and people are startled to discover that his bullying, aggressive ways were inherent long before he became a public figure. People who might have tolerated his mannerisms as a politician, do not tolerate the same mannerisms in a member of society. Being a political troll might make you a good Leader of the Opposition but it doesn’t cut with anything else. Especially that of Prime Minister.
People are opening their eyes. The man is nasty to the core.
Over the last couple of weeks the newspapers have been awash with stories about Tony Abbott’s similarly aggressive behaviour at university, in particular his wall punching display of manhood near the head of Barbara Ramjan, the person he lost out to for the coveted presidency of the Student Representative Council. Abbott denies/can’t remember the event but regrets his constant belittling of Ramjan, and anyway, it’s just the ‘Labor dirt unit’ in action, so he says.
The real problem for Tony Abbott is not (his shallow claim that it’s) the Labor dirt unit in action, but his history of aggressive behaviour which is now under the spotlight. The man must be praying for a distraction. Cory Bernardi provided one yesterday and someone else will provide one tomorrow or next week.
But when they all blow away nothing will have changed with Tony Abbott. His inherent nastiness will be at the eye of the storm.
The perfect storm.
The dark clouds of doubt are gathering over him. I don’t think we’ve heard the last about the man who likes to throw punches.