Poor Julie Bishop. Always the proxy, never the bride.
There is one final striking thing about the Rudd media tour, he is the only one doing it because at the end of the day, he is the only in the government who knows how it is done.
The media dived into this issue two weeks ago expecting a rerun of 2001. When none occurred, it conducted it on its own, starring in a morality play of one.
Rudd was calling the bluff that Turnbull and the Liberals had been playing, namely that Howard had a real policy that they could return to rather than a political game whose time had passed.
While Rudd’s Indonesian solution looks like Howard’s Pacific one in practice, in political terms it indicates a shift.
What’s worse, earning a trade out of human misery or making politics out of it?
Chris Uhlmann castigated Rudd for not using his political capital to take a less populist line on asylum seekers, but in reality there is no political capital.
The only difference over what happened on Ashmore Reef was how a weak political class reacted to a media campaign.
It has been fascinating to watch the coalition go through its motions over the last week as it was worked on by the media.
While not being too fussed if Marr is slandering the coalition, it would be nice if he didn’t include the rest of us as well.