From the sublime to the ridiculous. That’s how one writer has characterised the quick shift the nation is experiencing in moving on from the Rugby World Cup tournament to the general election campaign (see: From one competition to another).
And today really is the first day of the proper election campaign.
There’s still some discussion on how Sunday night’s outcome might impact on the election.
Others, such as Gordon Campbell, have been a bit more profound, arguing that "This close, nail biting victory – without the triumphalism that the All Blacks running riot over their opponents would have entailed – was the best possible result, politically as well."
The one-point victory in a match increasingly dominated by the French would, according to Campbell, tempered the benefits to the National Party and furthermore, "Phil Goff will be seeing analogies in this final, and hoping for similar miracles from the underdog during his own political final, on November 26" – see: On the Rugby World Cup Victory.
But for the very best analysis of the politics of the Rugby World Cup, see Scott Yorke’s irreverent Imperator Fish blog post, Hitler Behind RWC Ball Choice. And for a more serious examination of the big-money commercial operations of All Blacks Inc read Lane Nichols’ What an ABs win is worth.
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