Australia is one of the pillars of America’s new Pacific strategy. It’s a staunch, long-time ally that has backed the United States ever since it realized in the middle of World War II that it could no longer rely on Britain.Lately, its politics have had a melodramatic air. To recap: Kevin Rudd was leader of the Labor Party before being turned out in a sort of palace coup by his longtime associate, the current Prime Minister Julia Gillard, largely due to worries among Labor MPs that he couldn’t win the next election. But Gillard didn’t do all that well in the election either, and her shaky government relies on a handful of independent and small-party MPs for its majority. Recent polls have her trailing the leader of the opposition, and there is some panic in the parliamentary ranks. After serving awkwardly as Foreign Minister in Gillard’s government, Rudd resigned—in Washington. Amid rumors that Rudd intended to challenge for the Party leadership and Prime Ministership, Gillard decided to get the drop on him and call a leadership ballot early, which is now scheduled for Monday.It’s all very interesting to Aussie political junkies, but fortunately the rest of us can take a relaxed view. Both Gillard and Rudd have been good friends and partners to the United States, and the opposition Liberal Party wouldn’t change that if it took power. When the drama dies down, the basic dynamics of the U.S.-Australian relationship will remain the same.We could use more allies like this.