There is enduring moral outrage about the role of the Labor faction chiefs in the political execution of Kevin Rudd as prime minister. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott attempts to capitalise on this outrage when he refers to the "faceless men" of the ALP who organised the coup. I think the outrage is misplaced. The faction chiefs were never much enthralled by Kevin Rudd. Their support was conditional upon Rudd's capacity to deliver electoral support and the office of government. When those things disappeared, his days were numbered. I think more attention should be directed towards the political destabilisation of Rudd in the months and weeks leading up to his fall. There is no question that Kevin Rudd's star was fading at the time he announced the super-profits tax.