Crean bites the bullet
Simon Crean has gone up a bit in my estimation by announcing his own spill rather than waiting for the Beazley push to organize one.
I’m not a huge Crean fan, but he has at least tried to put forward an alternative some of the time. When the best his enemies can come up with is someone who was an undistinguished minister, has already lost twice, contributed nothing to the policy debate in six years as Leader except the phrase “small target strategy”, and has contributed nothing more in two years on the backbench, I can’t believe the Caucus will be stupid enough to change leaders.
A decisive win for Crean could really turn things around. Labor is already close in the opinion polls and there’s now a Liberal leadership story to absorb the attention of the many political journalists whose approach is that of the gossip columnist. A strong focus on issues (Medicare in particular) could have Howard regretting his decision to stay on.