I think most mainstream media pundits still can’t get their head around Jacinda and are desperately falling over themselves for a narrative.
That tells you all you need to know.
Most mainstream media journalists are boomers with property enjoying the rock star economy that National have built, they can not comprehend the struggles, pains, hope and aspirations of Gen Xers, Millennials, renters, workers or beneficiaries.
They might appreciate the squeeze the middle class is under, but mostly they are pretty content with National’s economic settings.
The truth is that Jacinda with an emotional intelligence unseen in NZ politics is motivating entirely new demographics who don’t see inheritance tax, capital gains tax or wealth tax as anything to be frightened off because they don’t have anything to lose under those taxes.
While the mainstream media pundits gasp and cry over secret taxes and what that means for their investment property, the new under 40 electorate and the missing million voters are massing around Jacinda as the vehicle for their hopes and their aspirations.
This is a point that TDB has been making for some time now.
It’s the mainstream media being in the same class as National that makes it so difficult for them to see the deeply wound fault lines that have built under National’s inequality.
That’s why the shockwave is so frightening to them.
While many of our mainstream media journalists and punditry can’t comprehend the why of Jacinda’s rise they can align it for their own self interest.
The biggest sign that there will be a change of Government is all the incredibly positive coverage most of the Gallery Press are bow giving Labour.
Gower, Small, Tracey Watkins, Armstrong and even Roughan have all started purring towards Labour because their power comes from having proximity to power.
The Press Gallery and senior punditry are all slowly turning their back on National because they have sensed the change in power, and they want to now all start forging new relationships with the incoming power.
The mainstream punditry have no idea why Jacinda is winning, they just sense for their own livelihoods that a change is occurring and are jumping like rats off a sinking ship.