Abbott, Rudd, and Latham could have all left gracefully. Instead they front an ugly new trend.
The ACL is the lobby group opposing nearly everything un-Christian, but isn't actually backed by the church.
Like so many of his promises, his "no sniping" pledge was an indicator that he was about to do the exact opposite.
Australia's 15 years of taxing periods may finally be coming to an end soon. But why has this recent campaign been more successful than previous attempts?
Given enough time, even the most reviled politician has a chance at redemption.
Unrest within government ranks and terror at the prospect of a Labor win in 2016 might lead to political regicide. Or Tonecide.
Brodie Stewart was recruited to contest the seat of Warringah after sending Clive Palmer a tipsy fan letter.
A look at the history of this Government shows that it has a track record of success in getting things done, but a propensity to distract voters from those achievements through a lack of discipline and some terrible PR decisions.
And then throwing away the key.