WHEN asked by Paul Murray last night if he was concerned about the mental deterioration of Joe Biden – lifelong liar, plagiarist, harasser of the Little Sisters of the Poor, racist lyncher of Clarence Thomas, abortion extremist, habitual bribe-taker, traitor, alleged rapist, groper of children, inciter of violence, gaoler of political opponents – the former PM described the President as “a thoroughly decent man.” Unbidden – to say nothing of unembarrassed – he quickly began retailing the hottest pseudo-compromise in the neocon echo chamber. Namely, that Donald Trump shouldn’t stand for re-election either. Because he isn’t decent. The frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination may not be demented like Biden but he refused to accept the ‘result’ of the 2020 election. Cue, inevitably, a cricket analogy involving an umpire and a finger going up.
No one should be surprised by Mr Howard’s vanilla casuistry or preciousness when it comes to The Donald. The Anglophile’s only bilateral loyalty is to the US security state, not to the violated demos of America. That is proven by his commitment of Australian military personnel to a cooked up war in Iraq and a disgraceful rout in Afghanistan. Certainly, Trump would not have been his cup of tea even if the leviathan disruptor never descended to the foyer of his eponymous New York redoubt to announce an intention to raid politics and change America forever.
At this point, however, only three groups deny that the 2020 poll was splattered black by organised pre-campaign violence, state-enacted vote channelling, ballot harvesting, mail-in shenanigans and the information-rigging coordinated by intelligence agencies, Big Tech oligarchs and legacy media. The first group is low information innocents who still believe anchormen. The second, Democrats. The third – Howard, Rove and Co. – is the most contemptible. They’re dinosaur conservatives who believe the 45th President is a clear and present danger to war.