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.
Crean was trying to find a compromise between a party power structure that has lost its relevance and a challenger whose popularity rests on not being part of it. It failed because things have gone past the point where a compromise is possible.
It will be the breakdown of the factional system that will be the necessary precondition for the return of Rudd, but not sufficient.
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.
It has been forgotten now, but the opposition to the ETS was not an electoral ploy but a desperate attempt to save the Coalition’s brand.
The delusion of both sides of the political spectrum suggests we are building up to a full-blown political crisis yet to come.
What Hawker proposes is more like ‘X-factor democracy’.
In effect, the government strapped explosives around its waist and threatened to blow itself up if Rudd came back.