Suddenly, Enda has become an unlucky general
The man who says he wants to be Taoiseach eventually, Leo Varadkar, clung to his Micawberesque belief that "something would turn up".
The week had dealt several tough blows to his boss, Enda Kenny. How could he still claim to have "full confidence" in the man he clearly wants to succeed?
"It's only Thursday. So, I imagine there will be more before the end of the week," the Social Protection Minister offered.