Life after death: the art of political resurrection

“Can a soufflĂ© rise twice?” was the question asked by former prime minister Paul Keating following his adversary, Andrew Peacock’s return to the Liberal leadership.

In the end, Peacock’s leadership fell flat but it hasn’t deterred other politicians from attempting comebacks. John Howard, Kim Beazley and Kevin Rudd all tried political resurrection – while in the United States, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are considering comebacks of their own.

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Rainbow Revolution: Why Mitt Romney’s Defeat is Bad News for Tony Abbott

While predicted by most pollsters, the defeat of Republican Mitt Romney in last week’s presidential election confounded some of the orthodoxies of modern politics.

In spite of a stalled economy and a poisonous political environment, on election day Romney’s lead among white Americans, evangelical Christians and the elderly was no match for Obama’s’rainbow coalition’ of Hispanic, black, single women, gay and younger voters.

Obama has become the first President since Roosevelt to win re-election with such a high unemployment rate and only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second term. So if it wasn’t the economy then what was it?

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