I've been madly in love with the Supreme Skull of Rust since I first saw her. No doubt I'm now in for a cruel disappointment. Still, the jaded political amateur may enjoy a honeymoon. One of the effects of becoming skeptical is that you can appreciate the phases of infatuation without being distraught when they come to their inevitable end. Every flower blooms its best just before the wilting begins and thus it is with political support.
So, Julia Gillard has snatched the mantle which once looked set to fall upon a much less worthy aspirant...first woman in the Lodge. By assassination, admittedly, but at least she tapped the Ruddster herself. I always thought that she was an inherently tougher person than him and I doubt that there will be any stories of foul-mouthed tantrums and bullying. I believe that Kevin's lapses in this regard were a product of having his spring wound too tight. He's been running about like a frantic ant and appearing to be ineffectual. His actual achievements have been diminished in public esteem by the failure of so many of his projected schemes. If he'd concentrated on a couple of main projects - health and education reform, ideally - and left the rest to others he would probably be riding high now with some worthy results.
My main fret with Julia is that she's being urged by the idiot brigade to revive the carbon tax/levy/ETS monster. I dread that she will listen to them.