One cheap shot too many
THE aftershock of Fianna Fail's decision to sacrifice its smiling assassin Willie O'Dea has left the political establishment shaken. The removal of such a central pillar from the Soldiers of Destiny has had a destabilising effect on the party and undoubtedly undermines the Government itself.
On a micro level, Taoiseach Brian Cowen is at a tipping point, but it is the implications for the macro picture which are considerably more important.
As far as Fianna Fail is concerned, Mr Cowen has an opportunity to turn the crisis around, by taking the opportunity to reshuffle a bedraggled and befuddled frontbench.