Originally Posted by howardj
If he's that sure that Beazley would lose next year, he should have kept his powder dry and sought to take the leadership with clean hands against a jaded, unpopular Prime Minister Costello in the next term.
That's close to what I think. And I'm sure that Beazley would lose next year (I'm pretty sure Labor will lose this one whoever's up there this time around, though if Rudd can pull it off, I'll be very happy to be wrong). IMO, Rudd and Gillard would have been best off launching off with a fresh start after Beazley's backers accepted it was over after the election.
Or perhaps quite a few ALP MPs got spooked by the Newspoll this week that showed the Rudd and Gillard leadership team favored 2 to 1 by voters. I'm still not convinced that Rudd has the numbers in the party room anyway - last reports I read were that it was down to around 20 undecided votes.