How it all went wrong from day one for Labour Party
The problem has been an accumulation of minor defeats rather than one great disaster.
The tragedy for Labour and its leader Eamon Gilmore is that when we ask, 'so where did it all go wrong, Eamon?', the party cannot even cite a George Best moment involving a blonde, a bottle of bubbly and a cash-strewn hotel bedroom.
When it comes to the invisible man of Dun Laoghaire, the escalating Labour tragedy consists of an accumulation of little defeats rather than one Wagnerian moment when it all went down in flames.
Some will cite the 'Gilmore for Taoiseach' posters lying face-down in the February mud and puddles; with the exception of the nice dry ones safely stowed away in Joan Burton's garden shed.