Varadkar streaks into lead but it's early days
If he runs the Government as well as he is running his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, then Leo Varadkar would be a formidable taoiseach and a huge electoral asset to his party in the next general election.
What started off as a real contest to succeed Enda Kenny is in danger of becoming a coronation for the 38-year-old Dublin-born doctor. The tone for the second full day of campaigning began with Minister Paschal Donohoe's early morning endorsement of Mr Varadkar as "the most capable politician of my generation".
It was followed a couple of hours later by equally gushing praise for the young pretender from Charlie Flanagan. The Foreign Affairs Minister said that when he "stepped outside the bubble of Leinster House" to take stock, he reached the conclusion that Mr Varadkar was the "change candidate" that was needed.