The problem with the kind of negative politics National intend to play in 2020 is that when something genuinely good happens, all you have is spite and venom to share and that reaction spooks those voters who were considering you once they see the true pathologically vicious psyche under the veneer of caring about their petty bigotries.
I’ve always found the weakest argument National use against Jacinda is that she dances the International stage while shirking her real job here in NZ.
It’s disingenuous in the extreme because:
A) she wouldn’t need to be doing such emergency surgery on the country if National hadn’t fucking run it into the ground for 9 years and
B) since when was being loved and respected Internationally ever been a bad thing for NZ?
It’s like Simon and National begrudge the PM this International support out of that most parochial and gauche of NZ traits, the naked jealousy of negative-egalitarianism.
Like a bucket of crabs pulling an escaping crab back into the pit to suffer the same basic bargain warehouse existence of all of us. A negative-egalitarianism whose first cultural flinch is ‘you think you’re better than me’ intellectualism.
It is the most base New Zealander who is affected by this type of dog whistle and it will find solace in the ruddy necked sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind but turn away anyone else with innate grace or a reading level above the age of 10.
The Venn diagram of those who hate Jacinda because she is popular overseas with those who hate her baby and those who hate women is a perfect circle.
I’m really interested to see how National spin this kind of positive international attention as a terrible thing for NZ which will make every child sick while also being another kick in the face to Farmers.