There’s nothing like a political coup, it’s equal parts destablization and exhilaration. The winner suddenly becomes a loser and bows to their challenger.
And there’s nothing like an Australian political coup – especially when it comes to the Australian Labor Party. The ALP knows how to do the ruthless, rolling maul of backroom politics more than any other political party of the OECD.
Just ask Kevin Rudd – and before him, Bob Hawke.
So, how could an Australian Prime Minister last less than one term when he had come to power on such a wave of popularity 2 ½ years ago? After all, six months ago Rudd was a man who was one of two of the most popular Prime Ministers in the 40-year history of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Nielsen poll.