NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

The condemnation of NSW Liberals minister Andrew Constance, and NSW Nationals Deputy Premier John Barilaro, over the Eden-Monaro debacle is universal. The deliberately destabilising leaking of Barilaro's furious texts to the permanently acting federal Nationals leader Michael McCormack, in particular, has columnists across the full spectrum of media outlets condemning the rural party's self-obsession and juvenile mentality, given we're in the midst of a health and economic crisis.

There hasn't been this much fury at the Nationals since, well, February, when parliament reconvened while the east coast still smouldered from a bushfire catastrophe and Barnaby Joyce, as if to draw attention to the Nationals' single-minded focus on disaster recovery for their constituents, bunged on an unsuccessful coup.

All those critical column inches, however, won't change the mindset of the Nationals, and certainly won't deter its parliamentary members from continuing to obsess over partyroom games and the leadership, or improve the behaviour or discipline of prominent backbenchers.