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Like most people taking an interest in the Bennelong by election I’ve been watching how Kristina Keneally handles the parry and thrust and the heat of the kitchen without Eddie, Joe and Ian there to prop her up and lean on party rogues and recalcitrants.

I still can’t figure out why she’s running, what she brings or what she can possibly offer the people of Bennelong. She doesn’t appear to handle the pressure when challenged with her thin skin and low tolerance threshold on display in recent weeks as the pressure builds.

It seems that the Labor Party is simply mining and exploiting her novelty factor. Her cutesy, swish, swish, swish, coquettish, feminine wiles, and her blow dried (I’m nobody’s guurl) persona as a road test for Dastyari’s Senate slot.