Sure; Chris Carter has been suspended from Labour's caucus, and faces probable expulsion from the Labour Party. But we reckon that his clumsy campaign has been a success.
On what do we base that? Firstly, it forced Andrew Little to reinforce Labour Party policy on the cashing-up of annual leave, contradicting the current leader. Secondly, it brought about an admission that an EPMU insider will challenge George Hawkins for the Labour Party nomination in the Manurewa electorate.
Thirdly, and most significantly of all, people are talking about Phil Goff's leadership of the Labour Party. Up until a fortnight ago, speculation about Goff's grip on the leadership came from within Parliament and around blogs frequented by politics tragics. Now, that discussion is being had in a much wider forum - like this one; a Herald opinion story asking "Is Phil Goff the best person to lead the Labour Party?".
On that basis, you could argue that Chris Carter has indeed succeeded, especially given that any "demise" is at least two months away. Carter's success will come at a cost for Labour though, as it detracts for any traction the Opposition is gaining. Perhaps that was his intention.
FWIW, we do think that Phil Goff is the best person to lead Labour into next year's election, whereafter a new leader will emerge. In reality, he's the ONLY person who can lead Labour into next year's election; even if it is as a sacrificial lamb.