Let's hope FG governs as capably as it campaigned
As Enda Kenny looks set to become our new Taoiseach you could argue that the attempt to oust him as leader of Fine Gael last June was the best thing that could have happened to him.
It recast people's perceptions of Kenny as a wily operator with a steely determination. It also softened the cough of those frontbenchers who had failed so miserably in their heave attempt, meaning there wasn't a squeak of criticism out of them subsequently.
Enda's seeming inability to take insult (either he has no ego as he claims, or it is an indestructible one) meant they were able to build quickly back into a team.