Eoghan Harris: If Cowen can't talk the talk, then he must walk
Brian Cowen is in the middle of the journey of his life. Like Dante in Seamus Heaney's version of the Inferno, he finds himself astray in a dark wood, where he has lost sight of the straight road. To find it he will have to figure out where he went wrong.
Be in no doubt that Brian Cowen is in a bad place. Anyone who has been publicly abused -- and I have had some experience in this area -- knows how dark that wood can be. But an added sense of shame sears right into the soul.
As one of his strongest -- sometimes only -- defender in the media, I care about Brian Cowen more than most. I feel profound personal sympathy for him and his family. But unless he is ready to understand what went wrong, and change his whole approach to communication, I want to say this: enough already.