I simply DO NOT believe it. Wow. Tony Abbott – arch conservative – has just been elected leader of the Liberal Party, ousting Malcolm Turnbull by one vote. Joe Hockey was knocked out in the first round of voting. I don’t believe it! Are the Libs OUT OF THEIR PANICKED MINDS??? Look, I don’t really believe most people in Australia vote along traditional party lines anymore – certainly not in my age group – particularly not as the differences between the two parties have contracted in their ongoing fight to win ‘the hearts and minds’ of that big, amorphous, easily distracted slush of ‘Middle Australia.’ But I do think this one will divide ’em and divide ’em good. I wouldn’t vote for Tony Abbott if he were the only politician in the race. I believe pretty strongly the man’s a hypocrite as well as a bit of a nut. I am floored. I thought Hockey and Turnbull were the two genuine contenders; I didn’t take Abbott seriously for one second, and this leadership victory is like waking up in a deeply unpalatable parallel universe. I need to go wash my hands.