Another campaign day down and this observer is finding some interest in the process even though Labor true believers must be all visiting their doctors to ask for a “Happy Pills” script. I am doing my best to feel with them because I remember how I felt back in 2007 when it seemed so clear that Rudd had a better than even chance of winning.
The piece in today’s OZ about swinging voter Jeanette Harrison is most interesting because the video from 2007 is such a lovely contrast with the contemporary vision because it shows just why “saving Australia from the GFC meltdown” is just not going to save Labor:
Jennette expresses disappointed with Labor, arguing Julia Gillard has failed to provide a different or compelling vision for the future.
“Labor’s just performing so badly. They’re not offering anything different. I can accept the stuff up on the batts. But I honestly can’t say this election there is anything that’s important which is making me decide which way to vote,” she said.
“Though voting for Tony Abbott, I still don’t know if I can go to the polls and tick for Abbott. I really don’t know if I can do that.”
Jennette owns up to being a swinging voter and says, if she thinks Abbott looks good, others would too.
“If I’m looking at Abbott and thinking he’s looking good, there must be an awful lot of people who are thinking the same thing. And I think that there are.”
To understand what will happen on the 21st I think we need to understand what happened in 2007 and the way that Jeanette Harrison changed her vote then and the way it looks like she will change her vote this time is probably indicative of how a lot of swinging voters are thinking right now so I urge my readers to consider the vision posted at my link and then tell me that they think that Labor will win.