Although not universally liked I had a lot of respect for Don Brash. In many ways he's the polar opposite of Helen Clark; polite and principled with a good sense of humour. But in the end Dr Brash became victim to Clark's shrewd political spin machine. This is a victory of spin over substance.
John Key is the likely successor. He has the makings to be popular, but I'm not sure of him yet. He trumped Cullen in the finance debates last election. So either way Clark's toast!