Pumpedd:gzt:elpenguino: I don't think Bennett has the smarts to succeed - I suspect she is dep leader only to bring a show of gender balance.
It seems to me she handled difficult portfolios quite well in the media spotlight. I can't imagine anyone else doing as well with those portfolios. Instant name recognition. Personally I'd consider her the leading candidate.
I blame her for the housing mess..she was minister of housing....she also stripped out the welfare system that contributed substantially to child poverty.
All under the leadership of John Key as I recall. Is there an alternative universe in which the national party does not do this kind of stuff?