National Party strategists are beside themselves.
Their brutal assault on the new Government last year set perfectly the narrative that Labour is out of its depth. The humiliating concessions pulled out of a hapless Chris Hipkins by a ruthless Simon Bridges will slow and hamper the legislative process in a torturous fashion.
Inside Parliament, National intend to champion due process and democratic participation on bullshit issues that are paid for by their bitter stake holders hell bent on revenge (look at the roading example Judith Collins championed last week).
The line of attack in the new year was going to be relentlessly about Jacinda’s inexperience with specific focus on the usual hick ups an incoming Government stumbles with.
According to sources who have spoken with people inside that space however, Jacinda’s pregnancy throws all of that up into the air.
Attacking a pregnant woman in a society that worships the cult of Motherhood would be a kamikaze approach and personalising the attack against Jacinda could back fire terribly in two ways.
The first is that it just looks like bullying and the vast majority of people will simply have their primordial reptile brain impulse to immediately defend a pregnant member of the tribe switch on and turn against the attacker with full frontal fury.
You lose when you attack a pregnant woman. Always.
The second more dangerous angle is that by attacking Jacinda, National opens the doorway to the criminally misogynistic hate vomit that has been sprayed around social media with the kind of carefree abandonment of a militantly malicious Tom cat over the last 24 hours.
Some of the comments on Kiwiblog and the Young Nats Facebook page are just fucking spectacular in their scumbaggery. I mean, I appreciate the spectrum of humanity is a wondrously broad and gloriously diverse rainbow, but fuck me some people seem to live in a reality that skipped the Renaissance, Enlightenment and basic Universal Human Rights.
The amount off WTF moments I’ve had since Jacinda and Clarke announced their symbolically modern generational shifting news has surprised me.
I mean, like.
What. The. Fuck?
This was quickly deleted. Like so many others.
Never before have I seen so many hot takes quickly scrubbed clean.
If National feed an attack on Jacinda they are going to unleash all the worst angels of their nature. From conspiracy theories to outright burn-witches-at-the-stake level sexism, focusing on Jacinda is a dangerously risky line that is doomed to failure.
This means National’s next line of attack, the Unions, must reap them a larger harvest because attacking Jacinda is simply off the cards unless National are serious about regressing as a modern political party that would put them socially in the early 1900s.
In my next blog, How & why National attack worker rights & unions in 2018 (someone throw Stephanie Rodgers & Ruminator a bone), I’ll look at how National will target the Unions and what the Unions and new Government need to do to inoculate themselves from it.