RESPEK: Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger praises patriotic push against Kevin Rudd

michaelkroger Victorian Liberal Right chieftain Michael Kroger made an unusual contribution to the national debate, challenging some in the Press Gallery who blindly criticised the removal of a leader Kroger saw as being beyond help:

MICHAEL KROGER, FORMER VICTORIAN LIBERAL PRESIDENT: No, I don’t think we have, Tony.
But I think the seven key leaders of the coup against Kevin Rudd quite frankly did an outstanding job.
The last time Labor changed a Prime Minister was in 1991 when it took 6 months for Paul Keating to dislodge Bob Hawke – two leadership challenges, resignations of he as Treasurer and various Treasurers afterwards, a debacle that ripped the Labor Party apart and still has ramifications today in terms of the hatreds that grew during that 6 month period in late 1991.
This was an execution of an amateur Prime Minister within 24 hours. I think the seven people did an excellent job quite frankly from the Labor Party’s points of view…

TONY JONES: Tony Abbott is blaming faceless men from Sussex Street – assassins from Sussex Street as he calls them – but of course they were not faceless and many of them actually came from Victoria and other parts of the country. They are not just New South Wales right wingers are they?
MICHAEL KROGER: No, a couple come from Victoria – David Feeney and Bill Shorten. There was a senator from Adelaide, Don Farrell, I think his name was, Karl Bitar… Paul Howes had a very big hand in it, Bill Ludwig up in Queensland.
You know… there were seven or eight of them who got together and quite frankly they did the right thing. I think my query is what took them so long?

And I think that’s the point, that changing a party leader is normally such a long, drawn out and ugly affair that it corrodes the reputations of all concerned and tarnishes the brand.

Could this be the first cost-free leadership transition?

Perhaps so.

The best way of resolving that will be to bring on the federal election. Sooner rather than later.

We hear Gillard will strike very soon, once some of the messes she inherits are cleaned up.

The only person who appeared a little uncomfortable about it all on ABC Lateline was Bruce Hawker, the lobbyist who had incredible access to Rudd’s office and was able to create an impression with clients that he acted in a semi-official capacity. Sources say that his relationship is not so great with the new PM and is positively toxic with the new deputy PM and Treasurer as Brucey had been loudly critical of both at times. Oops.

Another consequence of this for political observers is that the currently popular line in Victorian government circles that Kevin Rudd was dragging down Labor’s state vote will probably very soon be exposed as not being correct, to any extent.

We’re in for a tight state election in Victoria, with a long-term state government that would normally for due for a loss because they’d been in so long but punches above their weight because Premier John Brumby – a member of the moderate Labor Unity faction led by Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy and a crucial component of the stability peace-deal with the Left – does mostly a good job against an Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu who continues to distress many in his own party – like Michael Kroger – with his own silly record of defending kiddie nude artist Bill Henson, labelling Victorians racist, opposing the jobs-creating Port Phillip channel deepening because he incorrectly thought it might adversely effect his extensive beach-side Sorrento land-holdings and being on the verge of helping elect as many as four Greens party MP’s in the inner-city with Liberal preferences despite strong objections from the National party and many in regional Victoria.

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28 responses to “RESPEK: Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger praises patriotic push against Kevin Rudd

  1. Adrian Jackson

    Why does Lateline and other media still give Kroger oxygen? He was Liberal President of the Victoria Division over 2 decades ago.

    He cant even keep his marriages together. Perhaps he wants to out do Sue Peacock (etc).

    Or does he just want to breed enough children so each one can be installed as a branch president in every branch in Metropolitan Victoria? Family stacking perhaps.

  2. Choo Choo

    Take note Victorian Liberals. It is possible.
    There is still time or the Terry Express. All aboard for the promised land……………

  3. Old Mal

    I am very disappointed that an audacious political assassination has been carried out against an elected Labor Prime Minister.

    This is intolerable – I myself could never do such a thing.

  4. Patriot 1

    Go Michael Kroger !!!

    He speaks the truth again

  5. Mad Mal

    I just hope this man doesn’t fix my boy, Red Ted.

  6. Louise Asher

    Listening to Michael is like sloshing around a bucket of old turds.

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  8. anon

    Gee from the look on his face he looks like he has a badly impacted stool, or maybe he was just writing the monthly alimony cheque to Annie Airhead.

  9. The Truth

    Please don’t remind me about Red Ted, I almost went the whole week without reading about him… *sigh*

  10. Rudds Blood!

    Kroger is a smart man but this tine he gets it all so wrong
    The ALP hit men led by
    Gilard’s move on Rudd is in part about Gillards own fear that she would never ever be PM, so she is insecure too!
    Gillard is a ruthlessy ambitious woman
    she could have said no to the brutal execution of Rudd
    she suposedly got piqued about a Rudd query from a staffer and then A Pm gets shafted what an utter farce!
    The Australian people will see through her wordy facade
    its her deeds that count not her words facta non verba!
    all those that bayed for Rudds blood may soon lament what they did
    their action was impulsive immature and may result in victory for the Coalition
    Rudd didnot deserve the sack he wasnt given enough of a chance to turn things around
    To turf a firts term PM because of bad polls well Gillard we so hope they do that to you so as Mark Latham says you had better stay up in the polls!
    National interest was not advanced here only self interest so watch who gets promoted by Gillard because of all of this!Who benefits?
    Gilard this was a regressive move by you and your backers because you are part of a government that is in a state of panic!
    The only ones who lost their way the other day were all those that so viciously backstabbed Rudd!

  11. Scotty Farlow

    I spoke at federal council today and the people loved me. The television cameras made me look five stone heavier though so greenpeace turned up to put me back in the water before the Japanese could harpoon me.

  12. Fatty Doyle

    Greenpeace were after me too.

  13. The Redfield Cross Dresser

    Bernie Finn, care to join me in stillettos and stockings up at my old Redfield hunting ground?

  14. Oliie

    Bernie are you going to ‘rim’ me again soon?

  15. anon

    What is ‘Tim the Toolman’ role going to beat The Lodge:
    1) Butler
    2) First ‘Lady’
    3) Gate Man
    4) Luggage Boy

  16. Hork. Alex

    Scotty, I got hard watching you strut your stuff in public. Thanks for helping me to ‘soften’ up after the conference.

  17. Adrian Jackson

    His face looks like a turkeys backside

  18. Steve Sensible

    Andy still got in a wack at Baillieu – his streak continues at Dimaggio-like pace.

  19. Kroger is the unelected President of the Liberal Party in Victoria. He just “appointed” Georgie Crozier to the Victorian Upper house, despite her being widely seen as the 4th best in that contest. Some real talent was simply sidelined. What a shame for all Liberals.

  20. Brett stop tugging yourself

    Its true Kroger had 1 vote out of 230 odd at the pre-selection however if she was the 4th best candidate why did she come first. Sounds a little like sour grapes to me. BTW, I’m curious, in your opinion who were the two candidates worse than Georgia, I’m guessing one of them wasn’t the brilliant Jane Hume, supported by the equally brilliant Sol Green 😉

  21. The Green Machine

    Why does everyone moan and groan when I speak?

  22. "Ooh-ooh-ooooh!"

    Because your questions were both trivial and pointless Sol. They contributed nothing to the preselection other than expose which candidate you had worded up with the correct answer, or who had requested you ask the question. I’m sure you weren’t the only plant in the room but your Arnold Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter impersonation everytime questions were called for was excruciating for the rest of us.

  23. Anne Peabrain

    He looks like Max Headroom from MTV and not even Viagra could get him up!

  24. What are you waiting for?

    The subtext of Kroge’s comments is as follows:

    Arse clowns in the Vic Division, if you want to win the next State election, grow a pair, get rid of Ted – and do it NOW!!!!!!!

  25. Mirror Mirror....

    Michael Korger is a mirror image of his ex Annie Peacock.

  26. NSW Liberals president resigns

    New South Wales Liberal Party president Nick Campbell has stood down as simmering factional tensions threaten to boil over.

    Mr Campbell has quit the job at a pivotal time for the party, just before the federal election and less than nine months out from a predicted landslide victory in the state election.

    Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell has managed to keep a lid on what he has described as “factional crap” but tensions are re-emerging as candidates vie to be preselected for safe Liberal seats.

    The pre-selection for the state seat of Baulkham Hills was planned for this Saturday, but it has been indefinitely postponed because of a clash between two right-wing sub-factions.

    Some in the party are rejoicing at Mr Campbell’s departure. A number of sources say his position had become untenable because of his allegiance to the right-wing sub-faction led by federal MP Alex Hawke.

    Mr Campbell stood down last night at a meeting of the Liberal Party’s state executive.

    Mr Campbell is frequently out of the country and is therefore hard to contact.

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