Saturday, June 26, 2010

Down and Out Down Under: The Rise and Fall of Australia's Kevin Rudd

So we fell for the oldest trick in the book: over-investment in a new leader. Rudd was swept into office on a tide of euphoria that was dangerous for him, and for us. Euphoria is like a drug with powerful short-term effects. We can't stay euphoric. We need substance to prop up our enthusiasm, and no politician could deliver a performance to match our madly exaggerated expectations of Rudd.

Now he's gone. In the moment of his political execution, our breath was taken away by the apparent ruthlessness of the act, the precision of the surgery, and the cleanness of the wound.
Hmmmm.  Doesn't the first paragraph seem familiar?  *cough* Obamania! *cough*

RELATED POST:  Remember this hilarious sign of public disenchantment with Rudd?

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