The day before the Bennelong by-election and it's pretty clear that John Alexander has had basically no ability it get media coverage. Two photos appearing on the ABC website sum up the situation. In the one on the left he is standing passively behind Turnbull, literally watching PM's mouth to see what he is going to say on his behalf. In the one on the right Shorten is following a meter or two behind Kristina Keneally as she actively reaches out and shakes the people's hands. Maybe it's different on the ground in the electorate but that is how the coverage is and most people only ever see politicians on TV.