For all his faux blokeishness and Western Sydney credentials, Latham had no more ability to relate to the electorate than any insider Labor hack.
You think it’s about Rudd v Gillard? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
What is more important is that Gillard and Labor, detached as they (like the Coalition) are, can be seen to relate to someone in society.
It is the loss of that social base that Labor is struggling to adapt to, not some problem of ideology.
It will be the breakdown of the factional system that will be the necessary precondition for the return of Rudd, but not sufficient.
In Australia, a Prime Minister facing even the most inevitable of defeats still holds to the end one power of incumbency – deciding when it will happen. Now even that has been thrown away.
Wait till you see what is coming to Canberra this year.
The old will have to give way in 2013.
The over-turning of the orthodoxies of the Howard period during 2008-2009 has been forgotten as much as the reason for the popularity for the man who brought them about.
Making an enemy of a party on which your supporters agree on practically every issue is at best an empty gesture and at worst will make the Greens the anti-establishment party they clearly crave but don’t deserve.