As Alexander Downer blames voters for the troubles of the Liberal Party (including the failure to elect his daughter in the Mayo byelection), he should think about looking a little closer to home.
The Liberals’ enthusiastic gambit in Mayo was meant to return a blue-ribbon seat to the fold – but it could end up entrenching a third-party MP there for a generation.
We're little more than a week into the state election campaign and already for Nick Xenophon, the equation appears to have shifted from “How far?” to merely: “How?”
In politics, the worst crime a leader can commit is to lose the unloseable election.
While his grassroots charm belies a calculating political tactician, Nick Xenophon is riding the same anti-establishment wave that swept Donald Trump into office.