Some journalists might at least make at least some effort to keep the hypocrisy under check.
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.
Rudd’s intention is not to ‘democratise’ Labor, but reorganise it to reflect the social irrelevance it has become.
A change in Labor has the potential, therefore, to change the entire political scene.
OK, this is going to get messy.
What is giving this leadership contest a different flavour to those of the past, is that it is less a case of factions switching allegiance, but being unable to summon up the allegiance against someone who is intent on over-riding them.
Gillard is left with neither a factional system that could deliver an acceptable result, or the authority to over-ride them.
If the EU-appointed technocrat governments have no legitimacy, neither do the Parliaments that voted them in.
The irony of all of this is that there is pretty well no two countries with less interest in breaking off with each other than the US and China.
Far from wishing to undermine it, the Australian media is joined at the hip to the current political system and is getting caught up in its problems.