Based on the unbridled schadenfreude squealing last night as every Liberal seat fell, the Rudd Rapture has overwhelmingly left the public of Australia thrilled down to their undies.
The senate, on the other hand, will be hostile for the first eight months, thus ensuring that most of Rudd's early goals will fail.
The senate, come 01 July 2008 is likely to be just as hostile for the ALP.
Forget the platitudes from all-comers, and forget the blunderbuss political commentators, the Greens and Family First - mostly the Greens - will, in effect, be "hostile", mostly because they have such a disgustingly destructive and pointless track record in the senate. Anyone who thinks that will change is simply not thinking at all. Don't listen to the rhetoric - and there will be plenty of it, from all sides - the Greens will be a force for evil. The elfish Rudd has no idea what he's in for.
Senate stuff ...