Nobody knew Kevin Rudd was going to announce his resignation last night. It only took two days into the new Parliament for him to see the writing on the wall and finally understand what both sides of politics already knew, that he had reached his use-by date and it was time to go.
It was hard not to feel sorry for this man who couldn't get on with his peers. He managed to defeat John Howard in 2007 yet he will go into the history books as the first Australian Prime Minister to be sacked by his own party while still in office.
It was interesting to watch some of the people responsible for his demise offering him their congratulations. Julia Gillard even tweeted her best wishes.
Kevin and son Marcus
He said it was a privilege to be asked to return as Prime Minister just before the election to "save the furniture." And it's true, he did, there is more than one Labor MP in Canberra today because of Kevin Rudd's popularity with the public.
The Labor Party can now breathe a sigh of relief. Half of his colleagues recognized his worth and remained totally loyal, but others hated him with a passion hard to understand. But now the elephant in the room has left the building.
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