Now comes the hard part for Bridges & co.

Simon Bridges has been elected leader of the National Party.

(And typically, I completely forgot to blog about it yesterday)

But Simon is leader now, and this is where the hard part begins.

Being the leader of the opposition for a first term government is probably the most difficult and thankless job in politics.

He’s tasked with holding the government to account, like any opposition leader.

However, at the same time, he has to defend the previous National governments stance on all issues, as that is where the new Labour government will put all the blame for the country’s problems.

All of this while competing for media attention against a polarizing, popular, 37 year old prime minster who is in the midst of experiencing both a poll bump and a baby bump.

And, when he does get media attention, he has to make sure he doesn’t sound like your typical whining opposition – something which Labour almost always sounded like during their nine long years in opposition.

The one advantage Bridges has is that the majority of National’s voters still feel like they “won” the election, and for the moment at least, are sticking loyally by the party.

But, in the latest poll, National fell to 43%, meaning that National voters may be beginning to unstick.

So, for Simon Bridges, the reality of holding “the worst job in politics” may soon set in.

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