Election 2007 : Before We Look Forward, A Look Back
Rudd, Gillard Had Howard's Number All Year
Going back over the 70 odd posts that have gone up on this blog on the 2007 Federal Election, one thing is overwhelmingly clear : Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard have had John Howard's number since December last year.
They were spelling out how "old" and "tired" Howard was from the start, hammering him over Iraq, climate change, his retirement and his "worn out ideas". Howard has been on the defensive, countering pinpoint Labor Party attacks, accusations and spin, since February.
We hope you enjoy this look back over the last 11 months, and give us a pass for not posting a Final Word piece on the election before its over (though we still might, if inspired later today).
There's not much more to be said. We think a review of the year is far more interesting :
December 2006 : Gillard Claims Howard's Best Days Are "Behind Him"
December 2006 : Howard Volunteers To Have Nuclear Power Plant Built Next Door To His House
February 2007 : Kevin Rudd Declares John Howard "A National Security Threat"
April 2007 : Howard's Last Days - PM Faces Devastating Defeat At Federal Election
May 2007 : What Terror Threat? Howard Spends More On WorkChoices Propaganda Than Raising National Security Awareness
May 2007 : Only 30% Can Think Howard Can Win - Prime Minister Set To Lead His Party To Devastating Defeat
May 2007 : John Howard Suddenly A Global Warming True Believer!
June 2007 : Culture Wars? Who Cares? We Want An Australian Renaissance
July 2007 : Howard Finally Admits That Iraq Was A War Of Oil
July 2007 : Howard's Fury Over War For Oil "Distortions" - Murdoch Media Hastily Rewrites Headlines
July 2007 : The Australian Newspaper Begins The Dooming Of John "Dead Man Walking" Howard
July 2007 : Howard & Friends Prepare "Better To Be Safe Than Sorry" Mantra For Coming Election Day
August 2007 : Interest Rates Hit Ten Year High - Journalists Laugh In John Howard's Face While He Trots Out Excuses
August 2007 : Alexander Downer Rattled By 17 Year Old's Climate Change Questions - Federal Minister Verbally Attacks Student For Asking Hard Questions
August 2007 : Drunk, Slurring Alexander Downer Makes A Clown Of Himself On Lateline
September 2007 : Conservatives Cut Off Howard's Head - Chant Begins "You Must Quit!"
September 2007 : Murdoch Journalist Denies Murdoch Media Conspiracy, But Rupert Admits He Uses Media To Shape And Change Public Opinion
September 2007 : Pressure Builds But Howard Refuses To Step Aside For Peter Costello
September 2007 : Howard The Bitch, Tells Liberals 'You're Nothing Without Me'
October 2007 : Bush Backs Rudd? "New Leadership" Refreshes Democracies
October 2007 : Rudd To Howard, Costello : 'I Can Do You Both'
October 2007 : Howard Tells Us We're Entitled To Believe What He Wants Us To Believe
November 2007 : Rudd, Garrett Betrayal Of Green Vote Comes At Heavy Cost
November 2007 : Howard Already Whining Like A Loser - Depression In Coalition Ranks Seals Their Fate
November 2007 : Why Conservatives Don't Do Comedy
It'll almost be worth a John Howard win on Saturday just to see how all the professional journalists, opinionsts and poll analysts explain how they got it all so very, very wrong.