You can only bungle and lie for so long before people get sick of it. Tracy Watkins is a loyal Key fan, she’s trying to warn him:
John Key burning up political capital following Edward Snowden revelations
The bluster and bravado is also a side to Key that is growing increasingly familiar. It is founded in National’s firm belief that the public will buy his version of events over the media or his opponents any day.
Given his ongoing popularity National’s confidence in Key’s huge store of political capital helping it ride out controversy is justifiable. But political capital is not limitless. And Key has become increasingly cavalier about squandering it on silly stuff.
Nobody likes being wrong, of course, and especially in politics when the stakes are much higher.But it seems to be the curse of all third-term prime ministers that they eventually come to believe they are infallible.
Matthew Hooton is a true blue Nat, but seems to have mood swings when it comes to Key. His piece in the yesterday’s NBR (paywalled) is apparently pretty brutal:
Or consider this piece from yesterday’s Panel on RNZ. Steve McCabe spends 3 minutes laying in to Key:
I’m really concerned about a man that reneges on promises that are so easy to make, about resigning if something turns out to be true, when it does, suddenly saying – yeah, actually that’s going to be a bit awkward really, I’m not going to bother after all. And then he starts splitting hairs and semanticing his way out of the promise that he made. And it just disappoints me beyond belief.
Why is he still Prime Minister? It’s been seven years, three terms, three elections – why is New Zealand still voting this man in to power?
Seems like it’s all starting to catch up with Key at last.