Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, September 07, 2004
HERE'S A REASON FOR ELECTION OPTIMISM much more persuasive than opinion polls, and even better than Centrebet's disappointing odds.

ABCwatch's sources in the Melbourne hard left report that there is a general conviction that Latham will lose.

These people are not Latham-lovers, of course. They take too seriously Latham's small-government rhetoric.

But in my experience partisans are at their most optimistic in the early stages of an election campaign. I'm doubling my stake on a Howard victory.