The Labor caucus has bound itself to Julia Gillard. It is impossible to imagine a Rudd revival.
Whilst disquiet will arise again if Gillard stumbles, it is equally difficult to imagine a so-called third candidate emerging.
The caucus and Gillard will sink or swim together.
The 71-31 vote in favour of Gillard is a handy reminder of the culture and prerogatives of the parliamentary party room.
“You need to target the right constituency,” Mark Latham said on television this morning, arguing that Rudd lost votes by campaigning in the media instead of concentrating on the caucus.
The message to the electorate is also stark and direct. Forget Kevin Rudd, he’s not coming back. June 2010 was then. Now it’s Gillard or Abbott. Make your choice. [Read more...]