It’s really funny watching some of our august media institutions gleefully reporting Kevin Rudd’s slip-up on TV last night. The mock horror expressed at our Prime Minister’s mild spot of swearing by the hosts of the program and the media is a good example how out of touch they are with their audience.
If anything I think that this ‘incident’ will connect people to Rudd the same way the story of his trip to Scores strip club in New York did. Seeing the PM speak with some disdain about the political ramifications of his actions was refreshing. It also does a great job of defusing the criticism from the opposition for a little while, as Rudd’s comment will resonate with people much better than some lofty denouncement .
I think that Kevin Rudd has led a fairly charmed life, when it comes to his relationship to the general populace, and this is just another example of that. While hearing Paul Keating or Jeff Kennett swearing simply confirmed that they were a pair of nasty bastards, hearing Rudd swear confirms him as ‘one of us’, it breaks through the autocratic facade that he normally presents.
Perhaps Malcolm Turnbull should give up using Kev’s wife as an attack vector and instead try to top the PM by dropping an F-Bomb? Couldn’t do any worse.