It's a normal enough problem for politicians. They just love to be seen as winners. And then those dreaded political advisers remind them that the best place to be positioned at the start of an election campaign is as the underdog. Hence this story on the ABC news tonight:
Abbott denies 'famous victory' comments - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "A senior coalition figure said Mr Abbott told his partyroom today that a 'famous victory' was within reach.
But Mr Abbott has sought to clarify those victory comments.
'That's not what I said,' he said.
'What I said was the next election is certainly winnable, but there's an enormous long way to go.
'It's very, very difficult to beat a first-term government - it hasn't happened for almost 80 years.'"