Labor leader Anthony Albanese (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

The US election has rightly been likened to a mirror. But it hasn't just reflected the hopes and fears of US citizens; it has also revealed the stress-induced pustules of our leaders in all their barely concealed repugnancy.

In the Coalition, it has exposed a cloying obsequiousness to Daddy Washington -- from conspiratorial MPs and has-beens to a complacent leadership unwilling to call Trump out.

In Labor, it has again revealed self-effacing uncertainty borne from its 2019 election loss.