It could be fairly said that things have not gone well for Kevin Rudd since the election was called, no doubt against his wishes, as he is the smartest person in any room and always happy to stage what he sincerely believes to be irrefutable demonstrations of that fact. If only he had been given a bit more time by his party's warlords, time to settle in and attend the G20, to weave those show-stopper election promises and plans into a cohesive whole, why everything would by now be so very different.
Imagine, if you will, what might have been:
"Men, women, and all good folks of Australia, I come before you today to unveil my new, integrated approach to policy and the great moral crusades of our age as well.
"When re-elected, my government will declare low tax rates for development-minded gay couples who move north of the Tropic of Capricorn to wed and there enter into local-equity partnership deals with Chinese agricultural concerns whose investments are reviewed by Treasury, except when they are not.
"There, that takes care of last week's loose ends.....