The delusion of both sides of the political spectrum suggests we are building up to a full-blown political crisis yet to come.
Others in the media, however, are starting to look beyong the phoney IR debate and pick up the embarrassment the reality is causing the Liberals.
While Fair Work Australia had allowed for the weak state of the union movement, it did not allow for what would happen when an employer would take advantage of a weak government.
So who won the ideological war exactly?
The media have been talking about Gillard taking over the leadership as though it would sort out Labor’s electoral problems. Of course, there has not been a single poll that backs that view.
There is something very politically useful in Labor’s health reform plan for the government, namely the anti-political attack it implies on the state governments. But what is the basis for that attack?
It could be possible that rather than Rudd needing to fear Gillard, there could come a point when the threat is the other way round.
Labor put a positive gloss on the numbers yesterday, but ironically so did the coalition.
The Liberal party is being driven with one eye on the road in front and one on the rear view mirror – and it is getting increasingly confused which is which.
The media’s refusal to see the depths of the Liberals’ political problems is why they keep getting the leadership dynamics wrong.