Brace Yourself, Mr Rudd, They’re Coming For You

March 2, 2007 at 1:30 am (Uncategorized)

Well, the honeymoon couldn’t last for Labor’s new Federal Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd. It seems the Liberals have managed to uncover some dirt. Just in the nick of time, too, given Rudd’s surging popularity in recent polls…Gosh, do you think the two are related…?

And so the muck-raking begins. Here’s how this thing is going to play. The Libs will start a concerted campaign of character assassination against the Ruddster. They’ll cling to this Burke thing like refugees to a raft, hoping, hoping against hope, to hit pay dirt (or the Australian coastline) in the hearts and minds of the Australian people. Mr Rudd did something wrong by associating on three occasions with a man with a shadowy and criminal past. Did he know or have any idea Burke was engaged in potentially corrupt activity whilst they were sipping lattes and contemplating sharing a brioche? I seriously doubt it. Do you know why I seriously doubt it? Common sense. Llew and I have been watching Kevin Rudd’s ascension through the Labor Party since well before these meetings took place in 2005. He is no fool. I just don’t believe he would have knowingly jeopardised his leadership chances for anything, and certainly not for three dates with Burke. The meetings were facilitated by a mutual friend. You do favours for friends, and sometimes those favours have unforeseen negative consequences. This, I believe, is one of those times.

But what I find so galling, so utterly fantastic in the true sense of the word, is that anyone in the Liberal Party sees fit to lecture Mr Rudd on honesty or to question the man’s integrity. Sorry, come again????? How dare they? After Tampa, after WMD, after AWB, after David Hicks, after the ABC, after the IR reforms, after everything they have done to silence dissent and cover their own arses and just tell bald-faced lies until people simply give up asking questions, defeated, HOW can they still have the stunning audacity to question anyone else’s truth telling?

We all assume these days, I think, that politicians lie and hide all sorts of mangy skeletons in their oak-panelled closets. I don’t think anyone is going to read about this Burke incident and gasp in shock and outrage, but that won’t stop the Libs from trying to make it seem like a war crime. Ho hum. They’ll have to do better than that. Did Kevin Rudd break any laws? No. Has he taken responsibility for doing the wrong thing? Yes. Oh look, he’s ahead of the Government on those two counts already.

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