The best quote about the failed putsch against Julia Gillard I saw was along the lines that if you have the numbers you use them, if you don’t have the numbers you talk about it.
Gillard has now beaten Rudd three times in a row. Is this the end? Probably until they get wiped out in the election.
Rudd’s talk of how he will keep his word and not challenge is simply code for he did not have the numbers. If he did, then they would have no confidenced Gillard and he could have them declared he is not challenging but there is a vacancy. His supporters have been waging a destabilisation campaign with Crean meant to be the Kingmaker. Instead Crean’s career is now as over as Rudd’s.
Gillard comes out of this internally stronger, but the public must be even more wary of someone whose caucus is so divided.
Tony Abbott must think it is Christmas Time. He had a wonderful quote, which may resonate with the public:
“You deserve a government which is focused on you, not on itself,” he said.
Nice. Also true.