Animalistic blood letting

The ALP leadership battle is just freaking awesome. Several polls released have numbers that show only Rudd can beat Abbott, but the blodletting is now being described as animalistic:

The bloodletting inside the Labor Party is nothing short of animalistic, write Peter Hartcher and Phillip Coorey.

Until now, American presidential candidates have set the standard for bare-knuckle attacks on other members of their own party.

In a striking statistic, Republicans spent 5 per cent of all their ad budgets attacking each other in the election four years ago; so far this time, it’s running at 51 per cent, according to The Washington Post.

But the American standard for negativity appears to have been overtaken by an abrupt new Australian outburst. This week, many of the parliamentarians of the federal ALP have cast aside any semblance of unity and torn at each other in unrestrained frenzy.

It became ”animalistic”, said the federal Labor MP from Queensland Graham Perrett. Two of the most seasoned factional warriors from both sides of Labor, Graham Richardson from the NSW Right faction and Doug Cameron from the NSW Left, have declared it to be the most extreme they have seen.

And the percentage of negative statements this week? An analysis for the Herald by Sentia Media, formerly Media Monitors, puts it at 58 per cent.

”The comments have been more internally damaging to Labor than ever before,” is the assessment of a non-partisan professional observer, Sentia’s Patrick Baume. Australian Labor makes the US Republicans look almost charitable to each other by comparison.

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  • Hakim of phut

    Animalistic ?
    The liberals  had THREE leaders in two years before 2008. And then there was the long battle between Howard and his Treasurer which continued till Howard lost government and  his seat.

    The liberals have had more leadership battles than than neighbours tomcat.

  • Gazzaw

    Yeah animalistic Hakim. The Libs internal feuding was just that – internal, as compared to this public bloodbath. All political parties have their factions, that’s just the nature of the beast but this spectacle threatens the future of the ALP. The Hawke v Keating feud has nothing on this. The only definite outcome of this leadership battle is a smashing defeat for the ALP at the next election regardless of who is the leader. 

    • Hakim of phut

      O RLY

      • Sarrs

        Squawk Squawk

      • Gazzaw

        Yes. Oh really.

  • thor42

    I wish the Labour Party here would indulge in similar bloodletting. Their leadership change was about as savage as a 90-year-old gumming a steak. 

    • Euan Rt

      Probably still coming Thor. Although now that I think about it, it almost looks like Phil has already walked back in and Shearer hasn’t even noticed.

      • Gazzaw

        Pathetic wasn’t it? The slashing of MFAT staff was a huge opportunity for Shearer and yet he opted to allow a ‘has been’ backbencher to take up the cudgels and become spokesman on the issue.