Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Poor old Josh Frydenberg is starting to feel like he’s under assault from all sides.

The federal Parliament’s most assiduous communicator with journalists would have been none too pleased to read a piece in The Age yesterday pointing out that Liberal insiders are now openly talking about the “kiss of Josh”, meaning the candidates he backs in Victorian Liberal Party preselection battles tend to lose.

As The Age’s Stephen Brook wrote in his CBD column: