Cowen's fate not important now
BRIAN Cowen is the architect of his own misfortunes. Other Fianna Fail Taoisigh have stumbled out of office in humiliating circumstances or departed with false aplomb only to have their reputations shredded later. Mr Cowen brought the house crashing down around him and somehow convinced himself, if nobody else, that it was still intact.
By last night, when he issued a statement saying that he had done nothing wrong and would not resign, the outcome of the latest political crisis was predictable. But so, to a great extent, is the next stage.
Since last Sunday, it has hardly mattered whether the Taoiseach resigned at once or tried to cling on, powerlessly, for another few days or weeks. Seldom does a whole population make up its mind collectively. On this occasion, it crystallised unanimously on one image: Brian Cowen on the golf course with Sean FitzPatrick.