Looking at the trends on the Roy Morgan poll out today, attrition will leave a terrible result for National.
This graph, which I copied straight from the Roy Morgan website (go read it) shows confidence in the National Party dropping to levels that it took Labour eight years and a coalition with NZ First to reach. National have achieve the same dire result in four years and what they claim was a strong mandate from the last election. Yeah?
Care to test that mandate? Now, before the next election turns to 2002 all over again with Bill English as leader after Regular John quit while he was behind (because, typical gambler, he forget to quit while he was ahead) and in the aftermath the caucus couldn't choose between Judith and Steve? Stranger things have happened.
Back on track - the whole "blame the spooks" approach seemed flawed to me. Here's how Stuff describe it:
Key has lashed the GCSB for a series of bungles over the Dotcom case which have left him politically exposed.
In the same article on Stuff the head of the GCSB, Ian Fletcher, says suggestions that a video was taken of Mr Key mentioning Kim Dotcom before the critical date of 17 September are false. As proof he says the system has been searched and no such video found. The suggestion was that the video was recorded on one or more cellphones; in which case it probably never made it on to a server. However it seems unlikely a video would be leaked as it would be fairly easy for GCSB to work out who shot the video. Audio is a different story.
If Mr Key had not dumped so heavily on the GCSB he would have not caused nearly as much resentment amongst the rank and file. But his political nous has deserted him; a smarter politician would have found a creative solution. But that understanding of effect and cause is absent. Is the GCSB's pride injured enough to leak the audio? Again, stranger things have happened.
White Stripes - Icky Thump, 2007