Baby love, my baby love, I need your Family
First preferences…
Has there ever been a more popular trio in pop history than The
Supremes? No wonder when a trio of our pols got together last
week – Tony Abbott, Chris Pyne and John Anderson – they decided to
release a cover of a Supremes song, Baby Love.

How odd of the compilers, then, of the Political Top 40 at Rehame not
to list them together. (Being Rehame they must have worked out
they can charge more if they put the three separately or something.)

Abbott, Pyne and Anderson weren’t quite singing completely in tune last
week, but they were certainly singing from the same songbook.
Together, they should have at least made number three on the charts
with a combined total of 1,352.

Baby Love was the song of last week and is still dominating the
airwaves even now. And look at the tributes and follow ups it
sparked. Barnaby Joyce, Sharman Stone and Steve Fielding wouldn’t
have made the top 20 if it wasn’t for their new version of the
Holland/Dozier/Holland classic.

Still, it is a little odd that in all their “Baby, baby” this and that the trio left out these lines:

“Baby, baby, ooh ’til it’s hurtin’ me

“’Til it’s hurtin’ me…”

And how strange of the three to state so categorically that they never,
ever intend to release a version of “He’s Having Your Baby”.

Still, that’s showbusiness. Or showbusiness for ugly people, as Pyne likes to call it.

Who’s hot, who’s not: The Rehame Top 40 Pols

Rank

Name Mentions Mentions
Last Report
Rank
Last Report
1

John
Howard
2082 3499 2
2 Mark
Latham
1614 3593 1
3 Tony
Abbott
756 160 25
4 Brendan
Nelson
740 47 52
5 Peter
Costello
512 805 8
6 Andrew
Bartlett
479 277 17
6 Barnaby
Joyce
479 713 9
8 Alexander
Downer
468 860 7
9 John
Anderson
364 164 23
10 Lyn
Allison
325 134 28
11 Robert
Hill
319 426 13
12 Kevin
Rudd
263 641 10
13 Stephen
Smith
260 1122 6
14 Chris
Pyne
232 13 108
15 Ron
Boswell
214 124 33
16 Sharman
Stone
200 61 45
17 Mark
Vaile
182 141 27
18 Kevin
Andrews
180 192 20
19 Warren
Truss
157 124 33
20 Steve
Fielding
153 8 130
21 Helen
Coonan
146 33 67
22 Wayne
Swan
133 1353 3
23 Jenny
Macklin
119 348 15
24 Bob
Brown
106 95 38
25 Ian
Campbell
100 113 36
26 Nick
Minchin
81 22 85
27 Chris
Evans
79 207 19
28 Philip
Ruddock
70 163 24
29 Bronwyn
Bishop
69 6 145
30 Martin
Ferguson
67 20 90
30 Meg
Lees
67 16 100
32 Julie
Bishop
65 78 40
33 Peter
Andren
64 23 83
34 Dick
Adams
56 44 55
35 Eric
Abetz
49 42 57
36 Kay
Patterson
48 178 22
37 Brian
Greig
46 18 95
37 Natasha
Stott Despoja
46 55 49
39 Bruce
Baird
45 4 151
39 Ian
Macdonald
45 70 43
39 Tanya
Plibersek
45 288 16

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