I almost felt sorry for John Winston this evening, as Kerry O’Brien pecked away at that stubborn exterior. Ever the politician, Howard flatly refused to engage on the issue of the Wayne Errington’s and Peter van Onselen’s biography "John Winston Howard – The Biography". I say ’almost’ because at the end of the day, any discomfiture JWH must surely be feeling this close to the most crucial election of his political career, is entirely of his own creation. I’m not referring to his relationship with Costello. That was always a non-event. Both are highly competitive and both are politicians. ’Nuff said.
I’m referring to the commentary we’ve seen aired by his wife, his former head of PM&C and others with whom he doesn’t have any need to compete. The inferences appear dangerously self-centered, even self-important. Peter Costello won’t sink John Howard. John Howard is already doing quite well at that task all on his own.