Labour pays price of empathy deficit
We may already be in the post-Gilmore phase as the party fears for its survival, never mind the future of its leader.
When you start to feel genuinely sorry for it, then it is in trouble. Last week as it struggled in the mire of water charges and polls and Phil Prendergast's challenge to Eamon Gilmore, it certainly was a case of hard Labour for the junior Coalition partner.
Gilmore was in the usual 'a job to do, going to get the job done, whatever the job might be' mode. But, increasingly the Labour leader resembles the moment in the Roadrunner cartoon where Wile E Coyote runs past the cliff-edge. For a brief time, the unfortunate coyote's legs continue to pump under the delusion that he is on solid ground before reality dawns, he looks down, and plunges to earth.
Gilmore may believe he still is the Labour leader, but, will it be the case after May 23 that he will discover from the moment Phil Prendergast broke ranks, the Invisible Tanaiste's leadership had effectively ended?