Why Phil Goff won the first debate
The mainstream punditry of NZ are doing their usual job of polluting the media with their claims that it was a 'close debate' which of course utterly ignores their own hand in spending the last 12 months of denigrating Goff.
The reason Goff won last night is because the right wing echo chambers have spent the last 3 years doing all they can to destabilize and discredit Goff, so his performance last night managed to stride past all of that to debate the issues.
This is a leader the mainstream media had called time on, this is a leader who the right wing bloggers (dutifully followed by their mainstream media slaves) kept claiming was about to be toppled, this is a leader who the flawed and biased landline polls keep claiming is so far behind Key that we may as well not bother having an election - yet despite that, Goff was 'close'.
Well, with those handicaps implemented upon him by the mainstream media and right wing attack blogs, him getting 'close' is actually a hell of a victory, it's like Japan winning the RWC.
I love how all the mainstream punditry utterly ignore their attacks on Goff now it's convenient to forget about them to talk about a 'close' debate.
By being a 'close' debate, Labour is now out of the below 30% meltdown doomsday fantasies of David Farrar, which should make National nervous, because all Labour need to do is get close to what they got last election to be competitive in this election.
iPredict is predicting National at 46%, the last flawed landline mainstream media poll claimed National was at 53.3%, I'm going to love how the mainstream media and their baby boomer pundits squirm to explain how close this election will be on election night.