•If the presidency could be won through arrogance and self-regard, Gay Mitchell would have been elected before the election ever started. Thankfully, democracy demands more; you put yourself as an equal amongst equals before the voters, and allow them examine your true worth.
Mr Mitchell seems to have been dazzled by dreams of high office ever since he donned the gold chain of Lord Mayor of Dublin. He has dismissed his opponents in the race without a modicum of respect; whatever one's issues with Martin McGuinness, one must acknowledge his stewardship of the peace process.
Mr Mitchell's poll slump is hardly surprising. He comes across as a hectoring and vacillating opportunist who believes that he has an automatic right to be our president. The mini-me mentality he epitomises was rejected by a landslide in the last election. Despite what happened to Fianna Fail, Mr Mitchell has clung on to the sense of over-weaning entitlement that party embodied.