The idea that Alexander will gravitate back to the front bench of the Liberal Party is a fascinating one. There is, after all, a precedent for an old leader being recycled in that party...and to great effect.
Whether the electorate will buy it remians to be seen.
I personally doubt it.
When Howard came back there was the need to re-establish confidence in the faithful.
Now there is the need to move, I suggest, to show that the party is capable of moving into the future not merely re-establishing the glory of the past.
It is an ever-abiding dilemma for organisations (churches not excluded); however glorious the halcyon days may seem it is the present and then the future that has to be realised, not merely the re-creation of the past.
Surely Downer must realise this. Or is the seduction of power so great that even one so politicially astute is blinded.