|Quoting Baroque (Reply 38):
The best thing he did in 11 years was his concession speech.
I didn't think that was very good - comprehensive, certainly, but not very good. I felt it was something he had to do, had to get through, to prove that he wasn't a poor loser.
Equally, I didn't think Rudd's speech was a ball-breaker either, he's not an orator (which he admits). But somehow he communicates a remarkable decency.
I haven't lived permanently in Oz since 1987, and I spend more than half of of my time here in NZ
now. But watching the election on Saturday night was like coming home to a place I deeply love, I thought the best of Australia ws on display.
I've hated to see the worst of Australia these past few years, from Tampa and the babies overboard through the appalling stuff with the Afghani's, and the crap that is Nauru (literally, of course, in the case of Nauru).
But Rudd was an enigma to me - until Saturday.
Like many, I have under-estimated Rudd. Someone described him as being "as interesting as a carpet", but if that's so, it is a complex Persian carpet, not a Berber rug.
After all, as Kevin Nerd the Coalition Slayer, he has destroyed the King, the Regent and the Heir Apparent - munching Iced Vo-Vo's all the while.
I started to understand him more today, in the press conference where he discussed the death of Bernie Banton. Rudd isn't an orator, but he is completely at home on tv, close-up, drawing me in.
It was odd to hear him talk of "passion" - he had seemed a bit passion-less - but today I had no doubt of it - a sort of mild-mannered but totally heartfelt passion?
Somehow, that nerdy charm disguises the neurons zapping out of his head, but today there was something more, beyond his quintessential decency. A sense of iron strength. Which he must have, of course, to have quelled the Labor party.
I loved the challenge he threw out to the Libs in the Upper House on the threat to block his IR
legislation - again, absolutely mild-mannered - but totally resolute, the sense that he was challenging them to do it without revealing how he would play it if they did.
I felt that Kevin Nerd the Coalition Slayer was quite ready to bag a few more heads - and might enjoy it.
|Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 39):
I am sure that the major reason for his defeat is Bushism
Sorry, no, I don't think so. In that sense, Bush played a very small role in this, if any. This was about Australia.
John Howard destroyed himself and his party - that he professes to love - all on the bonfire of his own vanity.
An old, arrogant, ruthless man, clinging to power at whatever cost, completely unaware of his own use-by date.
[Edited 2007-11-26 17:59:20]