And one who's interested in Oz politics!
Welcome, jeeprs! A pleasure to meet you.
I have never been a great supporter of Rudd as Labor Party leader, either. (And have done probably more than my fair share of ranting & raving about his leadership style
on this thread. Probably boring everyone rigid in the process.
The problem (or one
of the problems with his leadership style) as I see it, is that he behaved as though we have a presidential system, rather than a party system in Australia. Too much of what ended up as policy was the result of his own opinions & biases ... arrived at with little consultation with those a Labor leader really should
have consulted. He appeared to try to make the party (or the Labor government) over to suit his own "vision". You can't ignore your support base (including ALP members, those who were used to participating in the decision making processes at party meetings & conferences, also the left of the trade union movement, etc ) without alienating a helluva lot of people!
I agree he should have gone, but have reservations about the timing of his removal. (Rather too close to the election for comfort.) I also have some pretty serious reservations about the influence of the right faction on the direction of the ALP. That being said, I believe that Julia Gillard is a far more "natural" choice as party leader than he ever was.