Sep 11, 2013

Rundle mythbusts the campaign that was (part two)

We all know why Labor lost: Kevin Rudd, the narcissist, undermined Julia Gillard at every step and then exploded because of the chaos of the campaign. The only problem with that narrative is none of it is true. Let's look at the facts ...

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard

Yesterday, Guy Rundle put some of the myths about Tony Abbott’s victory to the test. Today, part two — the campaign itself …

1. “Labor was on track to win with Gillard, there was a plan, and it was all disrupted by Rudd’s relentless leaking against Gillard.” John McTernan, former Gillard adviser — and the Ed Wood jnr of Labo(u)r spin — has been spruiking this argument recently. Also in the “Rudd dudded it” chorus was Emmo — in harmony for the first time ever – and Swanny, the name for a popular tin whistle.

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18 thoughts on “Rundle mythbusts the campaign that was (part two)

  1. Simon

    The Greens apparently disastrous primary vote is the second-highest in their history. It’s also better than every result the Democrats achieved in their 80s/90s heyday (1990 aside). If the current predictions are correct, they will have their second-best ever result in terms of Senate seats, bringing them to a total of 10 (more than the Democrats high water mark), and they have held a lower house seat for two terms, something no other minor party has managed federally since Lang Labor.

  2. klewso

    How did the Gnats pole?

  3. Dr Dagg

    Guy, you’re wrong about Rudd’s narcissism. I reckon you do not understand narcissism.

    If you look at all the evidence of two-faced dealings, micro-control, ignoring others, belittling people, lack of affect, lack of empathy, need for immediate attention, inability to vocalise clearly etc then the case for him being narcisstic is difficult to argue against.

    Interesting to see Emerson play out like a typical N’s victim. Very common no one believes them and they think the victim is the crazy one.

  4. shepherdmarilyn

    Thank you Guy, some actual facts. Rudd is actually more shy and self-deprecating in public than egotist. I met him when he was reading Dark Victory and campaigning against the invasion of Iraq .

    The main reason the chancers, spivs. and machine men in the ALP don’t like him is because she stares the morons down.

  5. shepherdmarilyn

    Dr Dagg, you do realise all the crap you read about Rudd comes out of the spiteful rantings of Murdoch rags don’t you?

  6. mikehilliard

    Any chance you might have a look at the Libs soon Guy, I’m getting a bit tired of you banging on about Labor, last time a looked they were in opposition.

  7. Peter Evans

    1. The Greens result: Historically about a third of the Greens vote has been an anti-party protest vote. That’s now gone elsewhere (maybe ot could come back, but I doubt it). On the flip side, the Greens are getting better at dealing with other minority parties and at using their resources better where they have a decent chance (though they still have a huge problem with picking winnable candidates).
    2. Palmer: The Libs have a huge problem with Palmer. They can’t simply adopt his policy and outflank him on the right the way they did their last existential threat (One Nation). Palmer has deep pockets, can win in court, and will say and do any populist thing to win over the voters that the LNP think are theirs. The PUP itself will probably implode or get nasty, but Palmer, while ever he’s interested, will hurt the Libs (and it’s personal with a lot of them, so Parliament could be lots of fun).

  8. CML

    I agree with shepherdmarilyn’s comments about Kevin Rudd. She is correct to say that the Murdoch media (and others) tried to ‘create’ the Rudd image they wanted, so as to do maximum damage to the man. Amazingly, he still remained preferred PM right up to the election.
    And those within the ALP still trying to damage him, are just jealous because none of them will ever achieve his popularity, and no one on either side of politics can match his intellect. Just an extreme case of the ‘tall poppy’ thingo!!

  9. klewso

    You mean he can act like Abbott, when he was in Opposition?

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