Never underestimate two things, I told someone yesterday, with one eye on coining a calendar quote. "Malcolm Turnbull's capacity to piss people off, and the Liberal Party's capacity for truly spectacular self-immolation."

Courtesy of that splendidly combustible mix -- cooled, oh so briefly, by the wet blanket of Kevin Rudd and Penny Wong assuring us that black was white, up was down and the CPRS will do something about carbon emissions -- yesterday we discovered just how flat political journalism had become.