The activist group spent $10 million targeting high profile hard-right candidates in this election. Now the Coalition is asking: was it worth it?
Gone but unfortunately not forgotten, Tony Abbott still has a few options in his eternal mission to remain irritatingly close to the centre of public imagination.
Independent candidate Zali Steggall has thanked her supporters for "voting for the future". And with that, Abbott is condemned to the past.
As the results rolled in through the night, careers ended and shocks abounded as Labor's expected win vanished.
There are the two realities that Abbott forever inhabits — the messianic protector of Western civilisation, and Australia's great clanging embarrassment.
It would take something special for the Coalition to win it from here. Still, the fog of war is thick enough that the full range of possibilities needs to be countenanced.
A look at the who's who of Warringah's influential backroom operatives.