Come Back, Keating!

June 27, 2007 at 12:51 am (Uncategorized)

As you know, I am hoping Kevin Rudd will be the next Prime Minister of Australia. I think he’ll be a good one. He’s an intelligent and decent human being, and I think he’ll work with incredible tenacity and spirit to make this country a better place for all who call it home. I really do believe that. But I think it’s such a shame we can’t have Paul Keating again. In many ways, I think Keating was just too far ahead of the general population at the time he came to power. We weren’t ready for his bravado, his insouciance. Perhaps he was too smart, too confident, and too cool when Australia was still feeling like a bit of an ugly duckling at the funky-smelling end of the pond. He’s such a renaissance man that it’s a genuine, crying shame we can’t cash in our Keating chips now and get him back on stage for another number.

Get a load of this, Keating’s smack-down, knockout, “We have a winner” rebuttal to Costello and Howard’s joint attempt (safety in numbers: all the better for Howard to hide) to discredit his comments on Lateline a fortnight ago. He’s just too good. What a legend. Very few politicians make me laugh and think so hard at the same time – how oh how can we get him back for an encore?

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