Sorry about that shouty heading, but seriously, just how many repetitions do Australian political journalists and commentators think they can wring from that theme in the space of a fortnight?
It is tedious in the extreme.
It's periods like this that political journalism becomes a big bore, and the self fulfilling prophesy of "can the leadership survive another poor poll?" shows up journalists as participants in a big game, not just sideline reporters.
I have to admit, though, that Peter Hartcher does something unusual this morning: he finds some public servants who used to work with Tony Abbott who say he was thoughtful, courteous and good to work with.
I don't have a problem with accepting that - I have said before that I did not mind him as a Howard government minister.
However, his virtues evaporated once he wanted the leadership. A policy he formerly didn't really care about and couldn't really see any great harm in (an ETS) suddenly became the Worst Policy in the World (with a nod of gratitude to Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones for showing him how to become a populist.) Suddenly a Labor parental leave plan became not generous enough (a thought which seems to have occurred to no one else in Parliament, let alone his own party.) Massive exaggerations of the effect of government policies (mining tax and carbon pricing) fell routinely from his lips. Flaky ideas like a "Green Army" appeared, and he forced the government into a version of his own asylum seeker "solution" that is bound to collapse again sooner or later under the weight of its poor treatment of people on crappy island accommodation.
Nope: whatever his past merits, Abbott was promoted above his level of competency and he doesn't deserve the leadership. Being in charge of everything doesn't suit him.