LIGNET believes that Rudd, like a shrewd chess player who sacrifices a pawn to win the end game, knew all along he would lose today’s leadership contest with Gillard. His plan is not to unseat her now, but rather to begin a long-term campaign to undermine her leadership so that the Labor Party will eventually have to turn to him if it wants to defeat Tony Abbott and the conservative opposition in the general election. That contest must be held by 2013, and a recent poll suggests that Labor is on track to lose with Gillard as prime minister.
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