One of the reasons often cited as part of Labour’s loss in 2008 was that they ran such a relentlessly nasty and negative campaign against John Key, with everything from the H Fee up.The unstated assumption with all of this is that only one party went negative in 2008, otherwise Farrar's post would look rather silly.
Whale Oils blogs that Labour have appointed Trevor Mallard as their campaign manager for 2011.
One can only assume that they are determined to run an even dirtier, nastier and defamatory campaign than last time.
I can’t imagine who they will get for their 2014 campaign – maybe Clay Davis?
So which party constantly chipped away at the leader of the other party, attacking their credibility, whispering about their personal relationship, accusing them of running a PC dictatorship and nanny state, and calling their party corrupt?
And let us not forget the election campaign before last...