I still adhere strongly to the (probably misquoted) line about democracy being the worst form of government, apart from all the others. (Who said that btw?)
That would have been the most consumate pollie of all, Churchill.
I have no idea what the upcoming showdown will present, but hopefully once it is over, they will both go back to their corners and let it rest. Rudd has promised that if he loses, he will not challenge again. He also promised that if he wins, there will be no repercussions against those that voted against him. If anyone believes either of these statements, they are very naive.
Gillard got to the top job in a nasty (but not unusual) way, and has made some major stuff-ups (Carbon Tax, anyone?), but allegedly has the numbers to survive. There are 103 politicians voting- who knows how many backroom deals are happening?
Abbott and Bob Brown seem to be having lots of fun stirring the pot, too. It would be nice if we could someday get a government that can actually govern, instead of the childish antics that we see lately, eh?