With all due respect to Bill Glasson, who was a great candidate, the best result for the Liberal Party out of this election was not winning Griffith.
They get to win the election in a landslide, and their opponents get mired in the mud of Nightmare on Norman Crescent as Kevin Rudd comes back and back and back every time they nod off and lose concentration.
Craig Emerson, Stephen Smith, Brendan O’Connor and Greg Combet are all doing the right thing by the Labor party and the nation in calling on Rudd to resign.
They’re also doing the right thing by the Labor voters in Griffith, even though it would mean forcing the electorate to a byelection.
While Rudd is in parliament it will be very difficult for Labor to run a coherent and disciplined opposition.
He won’t be able to help himself. Everywhere he goes he will attract enthusiasts, and that will attract the easy media stories of the Komeback Kev, which he will be happy to fan.
Those in the ALP who are urging their colleagues not to go public are doing the party a disservice.
When you’ve just lost an election by the margin that they have you need a period to regather and regroup.
It is a fantasy, born of the residue of campaign adrenalin, to think that they will be in any position to challenge Abbott any time soon.
If they are to get competitive again they have to demonstrate that they have been listening to the electorate and will mend their ways.
That involves having an open conversation that electors can see.
One of the things that electors want them to fix is Kevin. On my polling Rudd was a strong reason for voting for the coalition, particularly with minor party voters.
It’s significant that the voters who know him best seem to share this point of view.
The two-party preferred swing across Queensland against the Rudd government stands at -0.89%, and across the country it is -3.35%, according to the latest figures from the AEC.
In Griffith the swing was -5.42%.
There was a Rudd effect. It wasn’t positive. He should go.