I was going through some of my 2008 files yesterday and got a sudden reminder of just how nuts the right was getting toward the end:
It got me thinking about all the other crazy shit that was going on last year and prior to it. the truck “strike”, the insane advertising the EMA did with a red-eyed demonic Trevor Mallard, the absurd breakthrough of pubescent toryboyism into the mainstream that came with outfits like the Free Speech Coalition and the Sensible Sentencing Trust (heard anything from them lately? Or from Family First? Or the Asian Anti-crime group?), the New Zealand Sucks campaign that National ran hard. Rodney’s yellow jacket. Rodney.
At the time I wasn’t aware of how batshit crazy the right and the political discourse had become because it had slowly built up over the three years from the 2005 election campaign and we just kind of acclimatised to it.
I think the media might have suffered the same boiled frog effect. Having said that we’ve got some perspective now and I challenge anybody to look back over 2008 and claim it wasn’t insane.