I await with great anticipation the response to this vehement affirmation of her leadership. Will this signal a new era of cooperation between the now ex-foreign minister (and ex-PM). I hope so.
Here, then, is my question.
Had there not been such a media storm about Rudd's supposed leaks and politiking, would he ever have declared for the leadership?
I note he was so hesitant to declare that it wasn't until Gillard called the matter that he openly agreed to contest the position. I suspect that if the media hadn't perpetrated the stories based on 'a minister close to the PM' or 'labor sources', there wouldn't have been any interest in a spill, and this would all have blown over.
Here are my postulations:
- Most people who were clamoring for a leadership spill were conservatives/Coalition supporters.
- The only people likely to benefit from Rudd challenging the leadership were those in Opposition.
- The media (The Advertiser, Channel 9, etc) is very openly conservative and Coalition-leaning.
- Most of the 'leaks' and rumors were started by the Libs.