I know politicians are smart, otherwise they wouldn't have the jobs they have but honestly, are they so bright at times?
I don't care what language out Opposition Leader Mr Abbott uses in private, but he wasn't in private when chatting to some US Army staff. He was being filmed and recorded. Without being twee about it, it is not exactly the language an aspiring Prime Minister ought to use in public. At least God Gough would have used the Latin.
Yes, we all know there is a cozy relationship between the Liberal Party and our armed services. No need for Abbott to publicly exhibit being one of the boys. I prefer my Prime Ministers to behave with dignity.
Now, what were Abbott's staff doing to leave him without words to respond to what was known to be coming?
Even if he wasn't armed with words with which to respond, what sort of response was the one he gave? Silence that he hoped would end up on the cutting room floor? Not on your nellie and it made great television viewing.
Was he really struggling to control his anger? It looked like it and I venture that he was very close to snapping.
While our Prime Minister may not have a red button such as there supposedly is in the Pentagon and the Kremlin, I would like to think our Prime Minister can cope with provocation by a tabloid television news reporter, never mind provocation by a large power off our shores.
Proven to be unfit as Her Majesty's Opposition Leader. Ditch him.