You know, I really want to believe this thing will grow uglier and get out of control. Massive, systematic and coordinated misinformation, all with the express purpose of disenfranchising voters?
If this doesn't throw the results of last May's federal election into doubt, then God knows what will. Alison's been keeping track of the numbers. A majority without legitimacy? It's a sweet thought. Boris, Simon and the Dawg have been all over it too.
But in the absence of a coordinated strategy that involves both the parliamentary opposition parties, for whatever they're worth (cough), and a sustained and effective campaign of resistance grounded in civil society and the public sphere itself, one fears that this bunch of thugs will just be able to brazen it out. Not like they haven't done it before. A little misdirection, a little manufactured narrative, a couple of Shiny ObjectsTM, and before you know it they're back to their sleazy, arrogant, authoritarian selves. Hey, who wants a nice helicopter ride? Anyone?
I really hope I'm wrong about this.