''Win or lose the election, there is payback coming for Kevin. He is getting his way now because we need to win some seats. But the party won't be tolerating his antics for too long.''REALLY?!
After getting his way in changing the rules so that it will take a 75 per cent vote to change the federal ALP leader?
And these anonymous quotes no doubt come from the dolts who agreed to that shocking change - one that was reported last week, but if you'd blinked you would have missed it.
If there is only one reason not to vote Labor this time, it's the unforgivable and indefensible change to their own rules.
It is a ridiculous notion to accept that the current Australian Labor Party is anywhere close to being a bunch of happy campers who have put their internal differences, petty squabbles and deep hatreds behind them.
As one very senior Labor MP told this column: ''Oh yes, we still hate Rudd and he is still a vindictive and crazy person, but he will save some furniture. The people out there seem to like him.''
Another put it a little more bluntly: ''Win or lose the election, there is payback coming for Kevin. He is getting his way now because we need to win some seats. But the party won't be tolerating his antics for too long.''
In the meantime Australia has got a prime minister who thinks he's a rock star and an election about to be fought purely on populist issues.
''I don't think any one of us was silly enough to think Rudd wouldn't be bringing his massive ego back to the Lodge with him,'' one Labor MP said.
''All the talk of being more consultative and having learnt his lessons is just hollow talk. But we do need him if we are to have any chance in the election.
''That's just the sad state of affairs for the party right now.''
''In the dying days of his leadership last time we all saw some very erratic behaviour from Kevin,'' one Labor MP said.
''It's just the beginning of his leadership this time but we are already seeing similar behaviour from him.''
Rudd's appalling lurch to the right over asylum seekers provides a good example.
It will win him and the party votes, which, in the end, is all that matters at this point in the electoral cycle.
But it didn't take long for things to get messy. As one part of Rudd's plan after another started coming unstuck, he had no answers.
''Get used to it,'' a senior Labor operative said.
''This will be what we'll be in for during the entire election campaign. Rudd will make an announcement and then move on to the next thing, leaving behind the details for others to come up with and try to explain. That's just his style.
Devil's still in the detail for Rudd