It will be the breakdown of the factional system that will be the necessary precondition for the return of Rudd, but not sufficient.
It is wonderful to see such bipartisanship at work in our Parliament behind the personal attacks.
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.
A change in Labor has the potential, therefore, to change the entire political scene.
OK, this is going to get messy.
This is a struggle over the dead soul of the Labor party.
This upside-down thinking of social reality is symptomatic of a political party in decline.
The media are making this into a major drama, but it may not be, at least in the way they say.
Can Australian politics be that insubstantial?
Australian politics in 2011 centres around one question: can Gillard shrug off the backers that put her into power?