Cartoonists and bloggers can draw a deep sigh of relief:
A defiant Tony Abbott has resisted calls for him to quit politics and will recontest his seat of Warringah at the next federal election.
Naturally enough, this decision has been cloaked in commentary that he only wants to be a local MP and has no further designs on the Prime Ministership. But he’s a religious man and is also aware that Kevin Rudd came back from the dead.
George Cattermole (1800 – 1868) The Raising of Lazarus
However, James Massola writes in The Age The protests from Abbott’s supporters that he is no Kevin Rudd are, for the time being, only about half right. The proof will be in how Abbott conducts himself in the year ahead.
My advice to Tony Abbott if he is looking to make a political comeback that the higher levels is “Keep wearing silly hats, Tony, it gives you a political gravitas and relevance that you currently lack.”