David Cunliffe’s win in the Labour leadership race left several losers in his wake:
* The ABC – Anyone But Cunliffe club, at least for now.
Whether they accept defeat or see his win as a temporary setback will depend on them putting loyalty to the party, and its new leader, ahead of their personal acrimony and ambitions.
* The Green Party.
Whatever else Cunliffe does, he won’t be prepared to let the Greens lead the Opposition as they did under David Shearer.
* The members who supported him in the belief he meant what he said when he made the promises which pleased them but would make the party unelectable.
I’m not including either of the other leadership contenders among the losers.
Shane Jones gained the attention he was seeking and will keep getting that because the media love the outrageous.
Grant Robertson has time on his side. He didn’t make it this time but he’ll be waiting in the wings should Cunliffe fail to deliver the 2014 election win.