Gilmore's poll fall is no big surprise
The serious slide in support for Eamon Gilmore as a potential Taoiseach in this week's RedC poll is proof (as if we needed it) that his popularity is based solely on his Dail performances and the helpful soundbites given to him by left-leaning media.
History has shown us that while parliamentary prowess and clever soundbites often make for short-term popularity, they rarely, if ever, translate into an electoral breakthrough.
James Dillon, Dick Spring and Michael Noonan are three names that spring to mind. All were parliamentarians of the highest calibre who aspired to be Taoiseach on the basis of their personal popularity, but their hopes were dashed on election day because the organisational weaknesses of their parties were cruelly exposed.