What all these votes have in common is that they surely must reveal how ridiculous this winner-takes-all system is.
Tony Abbott should he prevail, will most likely be held in check by a Labor-Green Senate. The Right are expecting or pretending they expect that Julia Gillard, should she prevail, will shed her moderate and piecemeal political image, and emerge again as the Victorian leftie.
By now, I would imagine that the half-dozen or so people in the higher echelons of the Labor Party who retain any trace of a social vision are fit to spit about the continued shellacking that the party keeps getting from its supposed friends and allies.
A series of cave-ins, ducked battles, and soft options by the people who controlled parties, papers and powers, and a refusal to stand up to the genuinely malign, has brought us to this point.
With the resignation from the Ministry of John Faulkner, a great part of what was left of the Left has left the centre of the ALP. Guy Rundle charts its demise.
It’s been a week since PM Gillard ascended, and the whole thing has been fought on the Coalition’s and right-media terrain ever since. Where's the initiative? asks Guy Rundle.
In espousing the virtues of Julia Gillard before last week's coup, the media Right may now be wondering if they have overplayed their hand, writes Guy Rundle.
A leader elected to widespread acclaim, empowered to sweep away a discredited regime and now either gone or on the ropes. It happened to Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd, Angela Merkel and Barack Obama. Why? asks Guy Rundle.
It is still possible that Kevin Rudd may survive the spill. But if he does it seems almost certain it will be by no convincing margin and he'll have to sack Julia Gillard, says Guy Rundle.