Delcons, Defcons, and elections in Australia 2016. Joanne Nova enters the debate on whether conservatives who find Malcolm Turnbull too left-leaning should vote Liberal, protest (vote ALA?), or punish the Liberals by voting Labor.
With an election likely for July 2nd, the hottest topic in Australian politics right now is how to vote. So put your best case forward here. Hammer this out. Will Turnbull promise anything to win back the Delcons — the angry conservatives? The time to ask is now, and if the Liberal base are not prepared to vote against him, they have nothing to negotiate.
The elephant in 2016 is the ferocious boiling anger among betrayed conservatives and small government libertarians, divided over whether they can bear to vote for Turnbull (a Liberal*) who has been called the best leader the Labor Party never had. Delcons was tossed at the so-called “Delusional” Conservatives. But they took up the badge. Defcons means the Defiant ones.
WHEN WINNING IS LOSING. The great Tim Blair also finds her article of note:
The great Jo Nova analyses Delcon voting strategies:
“The issue: Is it better to vote for the lesser of two evils and hope a Turnbull-led party can be reformed after a win, or is it better to think long term, take the medicine and rebuild in opposition – and is there a realistic third choice?”
“Winning at any cost is a loss. It’s a matter of principle. As long as Turnbull is in charge there will be no real alternative for conservative libertarians. If the “true liberal base” will put up with Turnbull and support power for Liberals regardless of principles then their vote is truly worth nothing. I’m not just talking about putting small parties or independents ahead of the Liberal candidate, but the nuclear option – sending the preferences to Labor, despite its ghastly policies.”
Read the whole thing, and join in the comments.
UPDATE: From Rage of the Delcons by Miranda Devine:
THE Essential poll last week quantified that strange beast: the delcon, or delusional conservative. These are Liberal voters so angry about Tony Abbott’s ousting they would rather Bill Shorten win the election than Malcolm Turnbull.
Essential asked: “Has the re-election of Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party made you more or less likely to support the Liberal National Coalition at the next federal election?”
Just 14 per cent say they are less likely to vote for the Turnbull-led Coalition. Just four percent say they are “much less likely”. That’s what you could call the delcon community, small but noisy.
UPDATE: Andrew Bolt replies by accusing Devine of playing the gender card. Seems like a storm in a teacup.