Campaign countdown: The woman holding the Ace
Leadership destabilisation has a habit of becoming self-fulfilling. The more people in a party diss the boss the lower he drops in the polls.
The lower he drops in the polls the more people in his party diss him. Rudd seems to be in a death spiral this long weekend. Crusty old party elders such as Graham Richardson and Keith De Lacy are joining the pack of baying wolves.
Rudd’s about as popular as Tim Cahill in his camp this morning.
But as Matthew Franklin and Samantha Maiden quote a Labor source in this morning’s Australian: “Nothing will happen unless Julia acts. And there is no sign she will. She is being a very loyal deputy.”
Phil Coorey in the SMH says senior Labor ministers are rallying around their boss in the hope they can prop him up long enough to get through the election.
But there remains deep concern inside Labor that the row over the mining tax is preventing the government from talking about its key messages and there has been growing internal pressure on Mr Rudd to shut it down.
It is understood the Prime Minister has heeded the message and resolved over the weekend to personally negotiate with the miners from now on with a view to reaching a settlement.
Doesn’t that sound a bit familiar? On Wednesday June 2nd the Australian splashed with: “PM takes control of mining talks”. It’s not clear what the difference is between “personally negotiate” and “takes control of mining talks”, but I guess he’s giving it another go.
Regardless, Rudd better hope it works. In the Daily Telegraph Simon Benson and Andrew Clennell say Gillard would have the numbers in the caucus if she were to make a move.
MPs were asked by The Daily Telegraph over the past week if they would support Ms Gillard in a leadership bid before the election.
The majority, which appears to now represent a growing sentiment in the caucus, said they would, claiming they could see no way up from the Government’s poor standing in the electorate.
Glenn Milne reckons she’d romp it home in a contest with Tony Abbott.
Meanwhile where’s Abbott? He’s under the radar this weekend, no doubt enjoing a run in the Sydney sun and watching the death spiral intensify with a certain level of glee
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