The whole column is well worth a read; it's an honest assessment of Act's election trainwreck. But this comment stood out:
Other than political junkies, no one ponders these points. Voters are far simpler than that. This election more than any they voted on the front person of the Party. And ours was somewhere in the popularity region between a parking warden and a receiver.
Cactus nails it. The coup to replace Rodney Hide as leader was clumsy, but nowhere near as clumsy as what followed. Don Brash failed to get traction, and Act is exceedingly lucky to have a place in the 50th Parliament.
It's just a shame that someone as forthright as Cathy Odgers didn't put their name forward.