Whether they like it or not Rudd is the only one in Labor with enough popular support to be a battering ram against those holding power and who are the ultimate target of reform.
Rudd’s intention is not to ‘democratise’ Labor, but reorganise it to reflect the social irrelevance it has become.
A change in Labor has the potential, therefore, to change the entire political scene.
OK, this is going to get messy.
What is giving this leadership contest a different flavour to those of the past, is that it is less a case of factions switching allegiance, but being unable to summon up the allegiance against someone who is intent on over-riding them.