It was almost a gaff free campaign for Tony Abbott. None of the slips of the tongue for which he was renowned before becoming Liberal Leader. Always polite on the campaign trail. Nothing said or done out of place. Until virtually election eve when he called in at a Manly pub and ordered a shandy. For God's sake, a shandy! Beer and lemonade! What kind of man is that? If God had meant us to drink that he would have put the lemonade in the bottle.
Meanwhile Julia Gillard was out drinking Toohey's old. A dark and proper working person's beer.
The contrast was stark.
Was this election of 2010 won and lost in the pub?