Sinn Fein confounded by partition?

Over at Comment is Free, I’ve tried to gather up some thoughts on Sinn Fein’s poor performance in the Republic’s elections. There are many aspects to the inevitable debate arising, which I hope we’ll see unfold, not simply here on Slugger but on dedicated Republican watering holes like Chris Gaskin’s Balrog blog. After generations of confronting the foreign-ness in others (most pointedly their unionist neighbours), the party now must face down its own ‘foreign-ness’, at least in the eyes of southern electorate, and the very different politics of a sovereign state.

Adds: Apologies for the earlier rushed entry…