Could Rudd’s office be the source of the “Happy Vegemite Video”, but in a bid to damage Rudd?
I know, in the Byzantine world of Labor politics convoluted revenge is a common currency, but how could that possibly work?
Well watch the video again while you think about it and I’ll put a theory in place below.
When Rudd lost the Prime Ministership I was surprised to find that one of the groups cheering loudest was a large tribe of ex-Rudd staffers. I had this on good authority from a member of the Rudd alumni.
So how upset could an ex-Rudd staffer be? Possibly upset enough to get a copy of an out-take from an official government video that showed Rudd petulantly swearing and thumping the table and store it up for later.
It’s possible that whoever dropped this video had access to a whole library of recordings and went looking for something that put the “past and future PM” in a bad light, but much more likely that someone stockpiled it at the time.
That person was most likely present at the recording, making them either a bureaucrat, or a staffer.
Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. Three years after the event makes the release an act of cold-hearted bastardry against someone who the perpetrator viewed as a cold-hearted bastard.
Dropping it at a time that does maximum damage to Rudd, with an election on in his own state (where the Labor position is dire) being relegated to second spot, even on the Queensland news, and at a time that does maximum damage to Gillard, fits the profile of someone whose only dog in this fight is to hurt Rudd.
You hurt Rudd the most by using the video in the middle of the leadership contest in a way where both sides will have reason to blame the other. That way the internecine fight will consume Rudd eventually, whether he wins or loses. That the party destroys itself too doesn’t appear to worry the assailant.