SMH: Rudd mea culpas have shot party in foot, say ministers
THE Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has alarmed colleagues with what some believe is excessive criticism of the government’s performance as he seeks to lift it out of its slump.
ABC AM this morning suggested it was a play from Beattie’s handbook (remembering Rudd was the senior mandarin in the Beattie Government) but it begs the question: what is internal ALP polling telling Rudd about the position of the Government?
I don’t believe Rudd would be stupid enough to talk down the Government so much without it being poll driven…after all, everything he’s done so far has been part of a poll driven strategy, even on the run.
There’s definitely an anti-Rudd Government mood in the electorate, but big enough to warrant Rudd’s current strategy? After all, the chances of the Government being a one termer are very slim at best. If I had to place a bet, I’m guessing that they’re shit scared of losing at the next election…well, at least Rudd is.
The Labor Party is right to be concerned though, Rudd is delivering the Liberal’s ads for the next election.