Hugh Mackay's analysis of the election is that it is not so much a choice between Abbott and Gillard, as giving Gillard the chance to be PM.(see some of Mackay's wisdom here)
I think this is correct, and it perhaps explains some of the frustration in the electorate about being unable to discriminate between two parties.
I think this analysis holds water. Because of the manner by which she came into the leadership she has not really had the chance to put much of her stamp on anything. Unlike, for example, Abbott who was an ongoing and frequent performer in the Government of John Howard.
So I guess, in a way, we are judging them both on an equal footing...not as Prime Ministers...but on their performance as ministers in former governments. We shall see what it all means tomorrow.