He has announced his resignation with "Great Sadness" - what utter bullshit.
Everything else in his statement is tainted by that very opening statement.
He is saying to Caucus they need to choose who is best placed to defeat Tony Abbott.
In answer to the query is he jumping or being pushed?
He is doing the Jumping, even if Simon Crean and others were behind him on the Diving Board, bouncing the Board up and down - urging him to jump.
The good thing is that if it goes badly for him (I hope so, but cannot be sure) then at least he will be seen as the one to have triggered the disaster.
Not that it really makes much difference in the end.
Bring on Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek I say.
Both good hard-working serious politicians.
Personally I can not ever forgive Rudd for repudiating his statement that "Climate Change is the greatest Moral Challenge of our generation".
That was the last thing he said WITH which I agreed.
He walked away from it, in the face of pressure from the Miners.
THAT WAS A GUTLESS DECISION, LACKING IN LEADERSHIP.
LACKING IN INTEGRITY.
All that has happened since has been a sad decline in standards, judgement.
His lack of political leadership was terminal, and remains so.
I stand accountable for them.