That was my naive imaging, as a member of the great unwashed, and, therefore, not nearly as clever as the average politician.
Instead of slugging it out for a full 12 rounds the Liberals have cut the rope. Just like that. No forewarning. No desperate or agonising decision. No conscious to wrestle. No howling or death inducing cold or wind.
They simply took a knife and cut the rope with a swift and irrevocable movement.
Appropriately enough, it was the Federal Health Minister, Tony Abbott, who did the deed, having obviously borrowed a frighteningly sharp scalpel, determining, contrary to all of his political and religious convictions, that euthanasing the entire party was humane and necessary.
This is how he did it:
“In a column in The Sydney Morning Herald today, Mr Abbott said Mr Rudd's story of losing his father when he was 11 and his family's subsequent eviction from their farm "sounds too self-serving.When wise and wily journalists record “the incident” that killed the Howard / Costello Federal reign, this will be in the top 100 list of the top 156 political journalists in the country.
"There have now been a number of suggestions that, with Rudd, all is not quite as it seems," Mr Abbott wrote.
Mr Abbott referred to recent media reports which raised doubt over Mr Rudd's claims that his father died as a result of medical neglect following a car accident in Queensland and his claims he and his family were then immediately evicted from their farm.”
In my list: this is the moment that Tony Abbott destroyed all personal political and priministerial ambitions.