Whatever Julia Gillard’s flaws, she was generally able to distinguish reality from fiction. Kevin Rudd, though, lives in some parallel universe where he was the victor at Saturday’s election. I have written of his delusion previously.
Worse, he seems to enlist others to this delusion. Witness the reception to his speech which almost appeared to be claiming victory – with the sound off it would have appeared that Rudd was the victor.
Much of this was stage managed – the ability of Labor die-hards to prostitute themselves to Rudd is unparalleled. Yet there is a fiction being spread that Rudd saved Labor from a major loss.
In fact, Labor had the lowest primary vote in over 100 years. The election was an abject disaster for Labor (and the Greens).
Deluded Rudd and his supporters are trying to spread a fiction that the defeat would have even been more disastrous under Gillard. This was a form of expectations management.
The only reason that Gillard might have achieved an even worse result would be that Rudd and his supporters would have continued to undermine her administration as it had for three years since 2010.
In effect Rudd blackmailed Labor: make me Prime Minister, he said, or I will take the party to oblivion.
Rudd loyalist Bruce Hawker shares the delusion saying
It was, if I can say this, a more respectable loss than it might have been. It could have been a lot worse … a few months ago the reality is we were looking at absolute Armageddon.
It would have been worse because the likes of Rudd and Hawker would have further undermined Gillard had she taken the Labor Government to the election.
The result is Armageddon for Labor. Presently they are asserting that the loss was entirely due to disunity but the policies were fine. Let them keep that up until the next election and they will be stripped of further seats.