New leaders Leo, Sean and Mary Lou to provide best prospects of New Politics
Behind the optics of endless showboating over government formation, sub-plots of more lasting significance are playing out beyond the plinth of Leinster House or hallowed halls of Trinity.
In the members' bar, canteen and their private offices, TDs are looking to the future, but in particular their future careers in the context of new party leaders.
British general elections carry instant fallout for failure; Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband didn't get time to get their coats after they accepted personal responsibility for defeat. And when the top dog is vulnerable, rutting season of suitors to be alpha politician ensues.