“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer,” said Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu.
To which Ted Baillieu, leader of the Victorian Liberal opposition, might reply, “Fair enough Sun, but that’s easier said than done.” After all, you can’t keep your enemies much closer than giving them a job.
But that’s the dilemma Baillieu faces today following revelations that the publishers of Hewhostandsfornothing, a vehemently anti-Baillieu blog, were not only members of the Liberal Party, but member of his own campaign unit. In case you haven’t caught up with Simon Morgan (federal campaign manager) and John Osborn’s (campaign unit researcher) combination of character assassination and policy critique, here are a few highlights.
The blog’s raison d’etre:
On poll results
Baillieu by comparison
On Baillieu’s political smarts
On leadership and channel deepening