It was a ferocious silence.
It was the kind of silence that descends before a volcano erupts, when people ask "where have all the birds gone?"
The 20 seconds that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott spent glaring at Channel Seven's political editor Mark Riley, held a menace that cannot be translated to print. The suggestion Mr Abbott made an insensitive remark about a dead soldier seemed to both rob him of the power of speech and empower his silence."
"The better question might be who isn't. The harder one is why?
Well, sometimes shit happens and sometimes you shit in your own nest."
Chris Uhlmann is political editor for the ABC news channel, ABC News 24.