There are a couple of explanations that could be given for the aborted Rudd coup. The Machiavellian version would be that Crean agreed with Gillard to be the ‘fall guy’ and engineered a showdown to damage Rudd who was not yet prepared for the challenge.
An alternative explanation would be that Rudd was on board for the coup attempt and got cold feet at the eleventh hour – a bit like Brutus and Cassius deciding to sheath their knives on the Ides of March after Caesar saw what they were about to do.
Another explanation is that it was a typical example of Labor ineptitude – its inability to deliver any policy.
Of course it should not be excluded that Tony Abbott engineered the aborted showdown. He seems to have been the winner from this fiasco.