Cameron Slater has often claimed to be playing a ‘long game’, as he stated in a recent blog post: “You people know I play a long game.”
His ball is now seen as toxic and many people will have been rapidly re-assessing their willingness to play with him in the future.
His short game is in tatters with his friend Judith Collins’ career teetering on the edge of a cliff largely of Slater’s making. And National’s election chances have been severely dented, as noted by ‘Mark’ on Kiwiblog:
Key and the National leadership have very little time to try to get the election agenda back onto policy issues. The concept of a Labour/Greens coalition ruining the country is an awful prospect but thanks to Collins apparent indiscretions what looked highly unlikely is now becoming a very real threat
Despite Labour’s awful second term and Cunliffe’s inherent lack of popularity Collins and Slater may have achieved a defeat for National.
Also thanks to Slater Collins’ long game appears to be in tatters. She may be able to recover to Minister level but I doubt Key would giver her that back if National cling on. But Collins must have slipped down the National pecking order significantly, and any leadership ambitions must be burnt toast.
And Slater is toxic damaged goods. His revenue options must have been severely affected. And who in politics with serious ambitions would want to be seen to be associated with him. Apart from Collins the other MPs assisted by Slater and Lusk are remaining very quiet on any links. If they have any ambition or sense they will have cut their mentors off altogether.
When you keep abusing and kicking the referee, all the players of the other team and many players of your own team once the ball has burst as it has done future game prospects must be severely limited.
In a recent blog post Key’s not my guy either Slater wrote:
As Key knows, he’s not my guy either.
He also repeated something he often says:
You wrestle with pigs, two things are certain. You get dirty, and the pig likes it.
But sooner or later the number of people willing to go near or be associated with the sty will dry up.
On Q & A two weeks ago Slater seemed to suggest he was bigger than the current Prime Minister.
Susan Wood: You must realise now that from the Prime Minister’s perspective you’d be pretty toxic. He’ll be wanting to keep away from you to distance himself. Surely he will be doing that won’t he, and you’ll find yourself out in the cold?
Cameron Slater: It’s of no concern to me. Prime Ministers come, Prime Ministers go. You know in my lifetime I’ve met and dealt with almost every Prime Minister from Robert Muldoon till the present day. Long after John Key has disappeared from the political scene I’ll still be involved.
What future Prime Minister or prospective party leader or Prime Minister would want to be associated with the dirty politics of Slater?
Slater has always been and remains unrepentant about his methods, but they must surely be consigned to a less than savoury part of our political history.
He may well be still involved in the political scene after Key has departed but his ambitions of being a major player must be as diminished as his credibility.
Bloggers come, bloggers go.
And hopefully the Slater style of dirty politics is as good as gone. It’s not the long game most people want in a decent modern democracy.
Slater may see his future as wrestling in mud but his long game is as good as pig shit.