With Brendan Nelson failing to secure good opinion poll figures and John Howard always inconveniently popping up on the evening news to remind voters that no matter how the Liberals try to re-brand themselves they remain arrogant little dictators at heart, rumour is starting to surface that some Canberra party heavies are becoming rather desperate.
One or two are even said to be hunting for a connection (any connection) between the Rudd family and the NSW political donations scandal.
Apparently search engines have been running hot and now these little possums are beginning to scratch above ultra-violet and dig below infra-red in an effort to find something which will go crack-boom during the next round of Question Time.
So far they appear to be having limited success, but are providing a bit of amusement for those ever present watchers on the hill.
Nelson's mob seem to have a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock these days.