Oh dear, tantrums aren’t pretty, especially if you have one while accusing someone who didn’t have one of having one.
Helen Clark tripped herself up in the heat of the moment last night. It wasn’t good but she’s made it much worse by trying to explain it away with an attack on John Key:
“The fact he didn’t burst out crying on the set probably counted for him,” she said during a Radio Live question and answer session this morning.
Later in the day she didn’t resile from her criticism telling reporters that expectations around Mr Key’s performance before the debate were low and; “the fact he didn’t collapse with a stress attack on the set probably gave him marks”.
Tears, stress attack? How scary does she think she is? Is this what happens to other people who come up against her?
TVNZ’s phone poll declared him ahead by a long way.
Miss Clark said the poll was worthless as it was self-selecting and there was a charge.
“That hasn’t been the feedback we received. You’ve got to remember to call in on an 0900 number it costs money.”
That’s a fair comment, but internet access cost too and look at this:
Who won last night’s leaders’ debate?
John Key (13268 votes, 49.3%)
It was a tie (592 votes, 2.2%)
At one point Miss Clark made a comment that Mr Key may shout at home but he wouldn’t shout her down.
Today she said she was not accusing him of yelling at his family.
“What I meant was he was having a tantrum he was completely out of control trying to shout me down…”
There’s only been one person having a tantrum over this:
Last night Miss Clark said she did not think the campaign was bitter and today said she was just offering a professional analysis of how it went.
A spokesman for Mr Key said he would leave it to the public to decide.
“New Zealanders will judge the result of the debate.”
Last night asked about his inexperience Mr Key said he just did his best.
“But I gave it my best shot and they (the public) will have a good sense of where a National government would take New Zealand.”
Keeping Stock thinks Clark is showing her true colours.
No MInister says Diddums!
Monkeywith typewriter awards her a soper.
Inquiring Mind suggests the tany could be a tipping point.
Scrubone thinks she can’t handle losing.