Now and again a blogger will make a comment that could easily be a post on its own. It’s the type of comment that could attract a response or a discussion in its own right. I believe that Fed up has provided us with one such example and I take the liberty of reproducing it here. Fed up, for a bit of background, is not a big fan of Kevin Rudd and was not happy about the circumstances surrounding his re-elevation as Prime Minister, but through it all has not had her logic dessert her.
Read what she had to say:
The fact that Rudd now has chance of winning, is not due to any greatness on his part. It will be due to a weak Abbott.
Abbott, from day one believed that he needed no policies. All he had to do was attack Gillard, not Labor, and he would be in the Lodge by Christmas 2010. He said so. Did not care about what he used to attack. Even sexism was brought in.
As that year went on it was becoming clear the woman was not going to lie down and die. Could Abbott see this? No. Thankfully for us, he did not.
His action was to up the ante for the next two years. His only interest in the Parliament was to use it as a vehicle for his daily stunt, leading to a record number of MSSOs: something that all previous Opposition leaders used sparingly. But not once did he move a no confidence motion against Gillard.
He cannot even detail the contents of the legislation passed; the ground breaking reforms.
In the meantime, Gillard got on with good governance that has put in place infrastructure for the future. She has strongly invested in human capital, which will ensure that we are well-placed to to take a leading part in the coming exciting Asian Century. Gillard ignored the noise about her form, even some in her own party and got on with the job. She has left a great legacy indeed.
Now back to Abbott, all he has done since the 2010 continue his dummy spit and kept up the abuse against Gillard. Against Gillard, I would say, and not Labor.
He has created within the community, a hatred for “that woman”.
All Abbott’s energy has been expended in his ambition to bring the PM Gillard down. He seen no seen no need to promote new policies, or even to address those of Gillard’s.
In his mind, Gillard would lay down and die leaving him in the role of caretaker PM, and then off to a very quick election. No time for review of anyone’s policies. He saw Labor as being in disarray and of no consequence. It would be a walk in for him.
That is not the scenario we have. Abbott must be in shock. What he created was hatred for “that woman”. Not for Labor. He did not create any love or respect for himself. Still seen as a bully, that few people now want.
What he did not see, was Gillard focusing on all her policies, getting them into place. The only one she did not get time for, was an answer to the boats.
Suspect we might have seen something new in that regard this week, if she could have survived long enough to go to Indonesia next week.
What he did not see, and many others, that Labor is capable of rearranging itself, to take the moves needed to put themselves in a stronger position.
We have the Labor leader back, that the polls tell us the people wants. That leader has agreed to a tight rein being kept on him by Caucus. Rudd has agreed to the tight rein Caucus has imposed on him.
All Rudd has to do is to sell the strong policies that Gillard has put in place. Most which no one has problems with.
What has Abbott got with Gillard gone? Nothing, absolutely nothing. No polices of worth. A badly flawed asylum policy and the world coming on board, including China and the USA, in relation to carbon emissions.
We still have that strong economy, which with the falling dollar is likely to be even a little bette, before the election
What has Abbott got with “that woman” gone? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. He has his flawed slogans to deal with asylum seekers and empty carbon tax warnings.
He has naught.
It was Gillard that he stirred up hatred for, not Labor. It appears they will listen to what Rudd says. Rudd does indeed, thank to Gillard, have a great message to sell.
He will have to do better than turn back the boats and big taxes.
Many do not like what has happened. Is is not fair.
But it just might work, and yes, we do not have to like Rudd, or even thank him. We can leave that to history.
Once again Julia Gillard did not act as Abbott expected. I suspect she is more interested in the policies surviving, than being in the lime light herself. History will also make it judgment on her. I suspect, she will not be found wanting.
All I am trying to do, is make sense of the last few weeks of what is occurring in politics.
What do you think?