1. It was the parody account that captured the imagination (imagenation?) of Australian politics fans. @Rudd2000 posed a simple question; what if Kevin Rudd were still Prime Minister today?
2. 3,000 posts later and with the account more popular than ever, the final tweet came with Twitter favourite Anthony Albanese (Ablo) eating the main character.
3. The mystery as to who was behind @Rudd2000 was revealed when University of Canberra journalism lecturer Scott Bridges and University of Newcastle Philosophy PhD student Stephen Owen stepped from behind the curtain.
4. It turned out Scott and Stephen officially retired the much loved account over a frothy beer.
5. The account provided the clearest and most consistently funny commentary on Australian politics in recent times.
6. With the distorted and absurd narcissism of Kevern a daily treat and the perfect escape from the often bleak situation.
7. The account rejoiced in the arrival of a new Prime Minister.
9. And a new leader in the Labor Party,
11. @Rudd2000 often made people laugh in a hopeless and depressing situation.
12. There were the central players all taking part.
13. But there were some @Rudd2000 recurring fringe characters like the homophobic Corey Bernardi.
14. And The Australian’s Chris Kenny whose fight with the ABC over the “dog f*cker” skit became terrific fodder.
15. Because of course characters needed to interact.
16. It would remind people of the day in Australian politics.
17. And expose some of the more rigid politicians.
18. And the more heartless policy measures.
19. There were some heroes like Greens Senator Scott Ludlam’s hair.
20. ABC Q&A host Tony Jones dubbed the defender of democracy.
21. And poor poor Craig Thomson.
22. If it was going to end, it was always going to be at the hands of Anthony Albanese’s legendary appetite.
24. Because it made every Twitter feed lighten up with amazing zingers.
Mark Di Stefano is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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