At least Julia came with a manual… you knew she was a committed far Left socialist. You knew to expect a gender assault. You expected massive waste on blue sky smoke. But our dear leader Kevin is a different kettle of fish.
Only those determined to change our Australian way of life are attracted to the grey, lichen-draped edifice of Labor’s Trades Hall.
From there, it’s a long frustrating wait while tilting at various pre-selection ballots for safe Labor seats.
They know Australians will eventually tire of boring conservative captaincy and “let’s give the other lot a go” is a fair Aussie ethic. And only then does the fun start again.
All socialist leaders realise they only have a very short time in the sun before they are retired to lush pasture by the electorate to muse over what might have been.
Gough couldn’t last a full term before voters redressed their mistake. Julia also failed to last a full term before her own Party redressed its own awful mistake.
Rudd also failed to last a full term but now he is back for a few weeks in a vain attempt to keep the despised Abbott out of The Lodge.
But no manual comes with Rudd. He is a loose cannon without sights. There is no Trades Hall background to this bloke. There is no solidarity song, no Socialist Forum, no crash- or crash-through, blind ideological fervour.
Rudd is far more dangerous than his vanquished predecessors, far more potentially destructive, because Rudd is driven by a blind belief in Rudd… and that’s a real worry.
Gough also gathered adoring crowds before his little trip to Coventry.
The strangest thing of all is that a party that knows Rudd's character flaws intimately, a party whose members resigned in droves rather than serve under him has again, inexplicably, installed him as their leader.
Not because they like him. They detest him, but only because he is a populist in the same way Gough was. Rudd alone might save their precious seats.
His disastrous record is clear and not faded by less than three years’ absence. His popularity is undeniable but it will not translate to votes.
The silent majority who doesn’t care for having pics taken with him knows all about his questionable character and limited capabilities.
In this election we need to choose between someone we don’t know and someone we do know.
For me, it’s easy! If I can’t see Rudd’s pupils, I know he is lying… and his female hands scream don’t trust me.
But that’s just me.