Abbott is preying on Rudd's crusade

Tony Abbott's 'small target strategy' will keep the spotlight on Labor as it consumes itself with Kevin Rudd and the innards of leadership. For Julia Gillard, public policy and long-term goals will make little difference.

The political hysteria was palpable.

For days last week, we were subjected to pages of poll-based adjective-driven character assessment of Julia Gillard. The broadsheets outdid the tabloids. Commentary replaced news as invisible Labor Party "sources” sprinted into headlines and copy.

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