President Obama's endorsement is proving to be a political kiss of death overseas as well as at home (ask Arlen Specter about the value of an Obama endorsement).
Barack Obama publicly acknowledged two months ago that Kevin Rudd, just ignominiously ousted by his own party as Prime Minister of Australia, was politically a great match for him. From the Sydney Morning Herald in April:
Kevin is somebody [with whom] I probably share as much of a world view as any world leader out there. I find him smart, but humble," he told ABC Television's 7.30 Report.
"He works wonderfully well in multi-lateral settings.
"He's always constructive, incisive. And you know, I think he is, like me, a pragmatic person."
Like Arlen Specter, Rudd is looking for new work. Reuters reports:
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd made an emotional and ignominious exit, quitting just before the center-left Labor Party was to dump him in an internal ballot and less than three years after a stunning election victory in 2007.
The Rudd government's dramatic slide in support this year sparked fears within the ruling party of an electoral defeat at a poll expected around October.
Democrats must be envying the Australian parliamentary system which enables parties to dump disappointing leaders who are poisoning the party's reputation.
Hat tip: Mitch, John McMahon