24 November 2007

Waiting for the real Kevin Rudd? Don't hold your breath.

Rudd is becoming somewhat mysterious. I've been trying to find out who the real Kevin Rudd is. I'm not the only one asking that question; many people are.

It is amazing how so many people are not hesitating to swing to the Left, or whatever the ideology of the Labor Party is now. Australians tend to take a simple approach to politics. Whenever you get fed up - or just simply bored, even when a 1 trillion dollar economy is as healthy as it ever has been - just switch to the other major party. Howard has been very successful, but at the same time, there has been so much anger about some of his policies that it seems they will switch to anybody, even if they actually don't know much about the person.

There are plenty of comments about what might be the elusive Kevin Rudd - that is, the real one - from a variety of sources. He is a ruthless autocrat and can have a bad temper. He has a glass jaw. He is very calculating. It is no secret that he actually has no friends in the ALP. Nobody likes him, but they've chosen him as their leader as they don't care who it is as long as he can beat John Howard, even if it means actually adopting some of the Liberal Party's ideology.

Kevin Rudd is described as a chameleon who will adopt any position at any given time, leaving everyone confused from the many contradictory actions and statements. He has already openly shown his chameleon nature in the formulation of "his" policy - his famous "Me too!" approach - where he just flagrantly copies Howard's policies as he proposes them. I have never been able to understand this aspect of the campaign and how it has been successful. His voters for some reason don't mind letting Howard do all the work, and Kevin Rudd realises this. Am I different because I expect politicians to come up with their own policies and not just copy those of their opponents? Bizarre.

I suppose the comments that offer the most insight are from someone within the ALP's backbench, some of which have already been mentioned:

  • Friendless
  • Cynical
  • Autocratic
  • Egotistical
  • Narcissistic
  • Short-tempered
  • Thin-skinned
  • Condescending
  • Smart-arse

Narcissistic is one adjective I have already used to describe him.

After all my research, I am beginning to wonder whether the real Kevin Rudd actually exists. I wouldn't be surprised if all the usual spin and empty rhetoric which have been the hallmark of his brilliant election campaign don't cease and reveal the relaxed, every day Kevin Rudd that you are expecting. His personality quite possibly will evolve as he tunes it to his goals. I suspect Kevin Rudd sees a personality as a means to an end.

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