Most people accept that the federal Liberal Party is in a bad way, but it doesn't lack its boosters. This morning's Age features Peter Costello celebrating the party's victory in the Higgins by-election, while criticising the Greens for their arrogance and poor tactics, and offering them some free political advice into the bargain.

Most of what Costello says is quite sensible. It's hard to beat this, for example, as a summation of Greens' candidate Clive Hamilton:

The Greens chose a bad candidate. Their central command overrode local supporters to impose someone who lived in Canberra. Most people think an MP should represent locals to Canberra. The Greens had the idea they could represent Canberra back to the locals.