Brendan Keenan: The Taoiseach has an election to fight and nothing to lose
Brian Cowen's earlier plans may have been scuppered, but the course of action is now clear
SO, the real Brian Cowen has appeared. You could hear the audience gasp at this piece of legerdemain. Even RTE's formidable Sean O'Rourke was gasping a bit at the Taoiseach's sterling performance on the News at One.
Regular readers will remember that I saw signs of this some weeks ago. I claim no particular credit, since everyone who knows, knows that Mr Cowen is better than his dismal performance of most of the last 18 months.
Does it matter that he has finally showed up? When that earlier column was written, I thought it did. There was still a chance for Mr Cowen to stamp his authority -- to begin to persuade people that those in charge knew what they were doing, and to put some fear into those who were getting in the way.