By ALISSA WARREN
The Daughters of the Election. They’re beautiful, smart, sexy and sassy. And they’re the biggest drawcard of all.
Jane Austen would have had a field day popping these girls into bonnets and hoops, with a dash of Darcy.
Last night, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott went on Big Brother in a bid to lure a few extra votes. A strange tactic but that’s not why I got the heebie jeebies.
During the appearance, with his daughters pillared (anyone over this word?) on either side, Abbott said that “if you want to know who to vote for, I’m the guy with the not bad looking daughters…”
Which begs the question, when does the political father/daughter relationship go from cool to uncool?
When a politician is seen with a baby, there is no doubt that it can prove very effective. They can’t go wrong. Dribble, vomit, crying. “Oh,” the politician chuckles, “your baby must like me.”
The Dad Jokes flow thick and fast. It’s all good fodder for these seasoned performers.
Jess Rudd’s baby daughter ticks all the boxes. Itty-bitty. Little dresses. Pink cardigans. Fluffy hair. Tiny shoes. Super cute. Related.
And this is where Tony Abbott sits firmly in the Grey Zone. His girls are adults, not children anymore. And it’s an entirely different ballgame.