The political agenda we see now are the leftovers from a time when the major parties represented clear social bases in the electorate which they no longer do.
“We will decide” was a phoney bit of Australian unilateralism made possible at a time of that phoney bit of US unilateralism, the War on Terror.
The Great Destabiliser has moved up a notch.
Rudd appears to have learnt lessons in exile, but the main one doesn’t look to be to consult more with his colleagues.
The lack of a convincing reason on the source of Rudd’s popularity, is not because political commentators are thick, but because the answer is uncomfortable.