Samantha Maiden: Edited by S W T Read on 18/07/2013
IF KEV SCORES OVER FIFTY
HE MAY YET BE THE NEW CAPTAIN
The polls are up and if Labor hits the lead beyond 50:50 - and distinct possibility they could win - that's when we will really see what Tony Abbott is made of.
At the moment Tony Abbott looks slightly grumpy and he sounds slightly grumpy too.
His colleagues insist he never gets cross about anything but his demeanour is showing just a waft of a major sulk.
You can sense his frustration with journalists who just want to talk about Rudd and don't want to focus on his lack of policies.
Julia Gillard must be chuckling: "Oh, Tony. Welcome to my bloody world."
His post-2007 dummy spit when his colleagues told him he had a crappy campaign, fighting with Bernie Banton(the asbestos victim) and swearing at Nicola Roxon at the National Press Club was legendary.
Tony Abbott is not exactly Mr Happy Pants any more either. He has had a charmed run from the press, now he has to front up.
The Coalition have been concerned about how long it took him to get a paid advertising campaign out to counter the Rudd megaphone.
That starts tonight and after seeing what it entails I'm not sure how effective it will be, because it only drags out old news.
The Labor Party is getting all the free media it wants, because you just couldn't afford to buy this, everything a new prime minister does gets the shiny, new and interesting treatment.
Tony must move out of the time warp, this is no Julia he's fighting, this is a man the press love.
NOT HAPPY JOYCE!