IT should be said, straight up, the outgoing member for Indi covered herself in glory with the nature and matter of her concession speech last week.
It must have been terribly humiliating for her to be the only Liberal member of the House of Representatives to lose her seat, especially as she had a sizeable margin and was destined to become a member of the cabinet.
But she bore her humiliation with a sense of stoicism and at no stage during the campaign did I hear or read about her making personal attacks on Cathy McGowan or McGowan on her.
I believe it would be appropriate for Mrs Mirabella to recontest Indi at a later stage.
Apparently there were some vile, nasty entries on social media about Mrs Mirabella and that is just not acceptable.
But live by the sword, then die by the sword.
Here I am talking about the conservatives as a whole, rather than an individual.
When the famous “menu” which lewdly described Julia Gillard’s body proportions, including her genitalia, went viral, where were the bipartisan screams of outrage from the opposition?
Or when Alan Jones made his disgusting comments about Gillard’s father and his subsequent sham apology?
Or the “ditch the witch” signs which Coalition members were happy to stand beside, let alone criticise.
I know there were muted rumblings of “tsk tsk tsking” but they were generally of the nature of trying to swat a fly and missing.
Supposedly Ms Gillard gave as good as she got but I never heard her denigrate her opponents in a similar way.
It would not surprise me if the supporters of the Labor Party and others engaged in some pretty horrible behaviour over the past two elections.
But as I have no contacts among the members or supporters of the Labor Party, I’m not aware of what they may have been sending to others through cyberspace.
Frankly, I got sick to death of cartoons — sent to me by friends who are Coalition supporters — of a nude Ms Gillard wearing a giant, strap-on sex aid.
And please don’t give me that rubbish about cartoonists lampooning John Howard in the same way, because I never saw any involving him that got close to some of the disgusting depictions of Gillard.
I also have friends and others who described her in the foulest of terms.
But maybe I am as culpable as those I criticise, because I kept my mouth shut to avoid being pilloried and shunned; which is pretty weak I suppose for someone who writes an opinion column and frequently takes the moral high ground.