Inside the Rudd campaign

September 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

News.com.au takes a fascinating look inside the Rudd Campaign. It seems beyond dysfunctional. Highlgights:

  • Critics joke that by the end of the campaign the Rudd flying circus may consist of Hawker and Rudd literally piloting the plane, so centralised is the decision-making by the two old mates.
  • To raise morale, staff at CHQ are encouraged to clap each other. In the event of a daily “win”, staff stand around applauding their colleagues.
  • All policy is being made up on the road, with no one wanting to disagree with Bruce or Kevin for fearĀ of being fired.
  • “The message of the day sent out from CHQ to seat directors never matches what Kevin stands up and says.
  • The Canberra press office is even worse off, not even CHQ filling them in, press secretaries there are left to wander the gallery with no information on what is happening that day, relying on watching Sky News to piece the day’s message together. It’s a complete shambles.”

I’ve been involved in some some shambolic campaigns, but nothing approaching this horror story!

 

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11 Responses to “Inside the Rudd campaign”

  1. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    But we have the Labour leadership race we which is far funnier. I hear Robertson is to pledge a monorail and free chocolate sprinkles .

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  2. tas (608 comments) says:

    I’m just wondering how long after the election before Rudd gets knifed again. And how will they ensure he doesn’t try for a third coming?

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  3. gravedodger (1,545 comments) says:

    Might not come to that, there is a real chance KRudd could follow Mr Howard and have the decision made by voters in his electorate.
    Can’t see many of the few survivors considering resignation to allow the sad, bad tempered, megalomaniac cause more damage to the once proud mainstream Party.

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  4. tvb (4,313 comments) says:

    This is exactly the sort of stuff that caused so much chaos in the first Rudd Government. OK there is some leeway during an election campaign. But Rudd will not last the first caucus meeting post election assuming he loses. He caused so much chaos for Julia Gillard and he will not be forgiven once he loses. He should be expelled from the party.

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  5. Warren Murray (298 comments) says:

    Interesting that commentators suggesting that not only is defeat inevitable, it may be worse than if Gillard retained the leadership.

    Reminds me of NZ Labour in 1990 when Mike Moore replaced Palmer.

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  6. Huevon (213 comments) says:

    Rudd looks terrible.

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  7. gravedodger (1,545 comments) says:

    Where I am sitting KRudd looks great. Nice one at the Presser in Melbourne late last week in an airless room, Krudd sweating and cursing an errant reporters mic , pressure is telling.

    He then claims Abbott is unfit for high office exposed to business requiring diplomatic skills, LOL.

    I enjoyed many political demises, Muldoon and Clark stand out but to see Krudd executed politically, will be exquisite.

    Btw some media in Aus are waking up to the salient fact that while they persue the ALP meme on costings and cuts they have not asked Krudd, Bowen, Wong, Shorten et al what they are proposing to do about the parlous state of the Federal deficit.
    Since PEFU it can only have gone south from the 31 billion mid August with Kevin Idea of the day for two weeks that party central have absolutely no idea about.

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  8. ChardonnayGuy (1,197 comments) says:

    Fratricide is the bane of a dysfunctional party facing terminal incumbency fatigue. The ALP is a particularly ghastly example of that, but it’s not exactly unknown on the centre-right. Remember the 2012 Republican primaries in the States (Gingrich/Santorum/Bachmann/anyone but Romney. Oops! It is Romney after all!!!)- or, for that matter, the British Conservative Party’s internal gymnastics over European policy and now, it appears, military intervention against Assad’s tyranny within Syria.

    Political insanity and dysfunctionality is not limited to the centre-left.

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  9. SHG (375 comments) says:

    None of this comes as a surprise to anyone who has witnessed how Kevin Rudd operates.

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  10. Anthony (789 comments) says:

    I can imagine you have DPF – I’m guessing JK is too smart to let our own paranoid megalomaniac, McCully, anywhere near real electoral strategy. Foreign affairs keeps him busy overseas much of the time, which is a great relief to all I’m sure!

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  11. V (711 comments) says:

    http://assets0.ordienetworks.com/images/GifGuide/clapping/citizen_cane.gif

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