He may be a “crook” politician; his word may not be worth a brass razoo but what Captain (oh! Captain) Abbott is is a master strategist. Forget the Budget, now we are fighting a war against terror instead and we, the stupid public, will forget all about the broken promises and the exaggerated crisis in the economy and undoubtedly, like his sainted Liberal predecessor Howard will announce weeks later that we indeed already have boots on the ground and are fighting in Iraq.
And the unthinking public will go along with the spin as they did so many times with John Howard. They will follow like sheep.
God protect us from political strategists because politicians won’t.