Micheál Martin has gone to ground since he was last seen being hoisted above his supporters' shoulders after being elected to the Dáil for the eighth time.
It was the third time he faced the electorate as Fianna Fáil leader and it was arguably his worst result.
Fianna Fáil lost more seats in 2011, but it was expected to and he was not long in the job.
He defied expectation in 2016 when he more than doubled its Dáil seats and, before this General Election, he was expected to improve on that again.
But it didn't work out like that. Fianna Fáil will be quick to point out that Fine Gael lost far more seats compared to the last election.
However, it still seems like Martin suffered a bigger loss than Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar.
Fianna Fáil lost 16 outgoing TDs after last Saturday's election and that included high-profile party members such as Lisa Chambers, Timmy Dooley and Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher.
In some cases, far from all, the sitting TDs were replaced by new candidates. In comparison, Fine Gael lost 12 outgoing Dáil members.
Fianna Fáil's parliamentary party is meeting today to discuss the fallout of the election.
There will be a lot of conflicting views on what to do next.
Martin's decision to open the door to entering into government with Sinn Féin has caused him serious problems within the party.
Whether by design or not, Martin has given the impression he might strike a deal with Sinn Féin, which has spooked some of his colleagues. There is strong opposition within the party to governing with Sinn Féin, which has been publicly expressed by the party's justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan.
He is supported by frontbench TDs Dara Calleary, Barry Cowen, Darragh O'Brien and Willie O'Dea who all are vehemently opposed to any form of government with Sinn Féin. Most of this group are anxious to go into opposition and allow the party rebuild ahead of the next general election whenever it may be.
They are also tired of being on the receiving end of criticism after a decade of taking tough decisions.
"Why is it always up to Fianna Fáil to do the responsible thing?" asked one frontbench TD. "We introduced the Troika's austerity and we stood up to the plate for confidence and supply so now it's someone else's turn."
The group who want to go into opposition are expected to tell Martin as much today.
It won't be what he wants to hear. He is still trying to find an avenue to finally become Taoiseach, but he's running out of road rapidly.
If by some political master stroke Martin does become Taoiseach, he won't be allowed remain in place for very long.
Fianna Fáil TDs are adamant that Martin will not be leading them into the next election.
So his days in the Department of Taoiseach will be short if he gets there.
TDs will expect him to indicate a timetable of some description for his exit. The Enda Kenny template is being highlighted within Fianna Fáil.
"There shouldn't be any need for a heave and Micheál must know himself that he will have to say when he would go," a senior Fianna Fáil TD said.
Another TD said: "At the end of the day he won't be leading us into the next election so he can go now or wait a year and go then."
There is a group within the party that wants to go into government with Fine Gael once Sinn Féin's attempts to form a government fail.
This would temporarily save Martin's career, but he would still be required to step aside at some stage during the duration of that government.
Then there are those who believe they can convince Fine Gael to prop them up with a confidence and supply agreement, which again means Martin becomes a Taoiseach for a while.
There were suggestions yesterday that some back channelling between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has been going on about some of these options.
At today's meeting, Martin is expected to clarify that he will not lead Fianna Fáil into a coalition with Sinn Féin, but does intend to give Mary Lou McDonald space to form a government.
This will naturally lead to suggestions that he is willing to do a deal with Varadkar and possibly the Greens.
The question is: does Martin still have the authority to convince his party members to follow him into government?