There’s nothing that the political media pack likes more than a bit of blood-letting.
The entire Canberra Press Gallery is on a sugar high at the moment and there’s no sign that they’re coming down soon.
A leadership crisis makes for good copy and it allows the all-news TV channels to flood the airwaves with blue-tie talking heads from dusk till dawn and then from dawn till dusk – (rinse and repeat).
They really only have one thing to say, but it has to be said again and again by as many people as possible with spin (rinse and repeat) and with varying inflections.
Then the tea leaves, the coffee grounds, the chicken entrails, the pigeon droppings and the contents of the ministerial chamberpots are pored over, poked at, sniffed, taste-tested, licked, chewed, sucked and spat out like so much cheap plonk at a Dan Murphy’s wine-tasting.
But the audience (AKA, the punters, the voting public, the great unwashed) ends up being none the wiser.