Declan Lynch: There is a lot to be said for nothingness
Kenny's absence is simply preparation for what it is to come under his leadership, writes Declan Lynch
The decision of Enda Kenny not to participate in the TV3 leaders' debate may have revealed a certain lack of raw courage, but it had something going for it.
If nothing else, it was unusual. You could even say it was a bit original. The politics junkies might describe it as "thinking outside the box", while the rest of us would simply describe it as "thinking" -- a rare enough thing in itself, outside the box, or indeed inside the box.
Which may explain why the junkies couldn't make up their minds about it, sounding a bit lost as they searched for the perfect cliche that could define it for them. And Kenny's absence also showed quite a subtle understanding of the public mood -- after the Taoiseach we've just had, most of us believe that even if we have no Taoiseach at all it is bound to be a significant improvement.