Well, not at all bad for team apparently without a dog in the race. When it became clear Sean Gallagher had been an enthusiastic member of Fianna Fail until recently, certain sections of the media went apoplectic. Cue the Morgan revelation, and the sudden loss of momentum.
But along with second place in Dublin West, it looks like the brand still has some poke in it yet. It remains to be seen to what extent, if any, Gallaghers own personal brand has been affected, but the party could not have got such genuine fighting copy as Gallagher generated in his fight bac, over for instance his purchase of land for his father.
Fianna Fail’s anxiety amongst politicians and activists alike coming into this election has been the opinion poll ratings that have put them behind Sinn Fein.
Whilst this is in no way proof of a shifting that longer term sentiment, it proves that being marked as Fianna Fail is no longer a barrier to considerable progress beyond the derisory 15% it’s currently getting in the polls.
They may even dare to believe that the Gallagher brand can help clean up the one so tarnished by the crash, and the sense the party was generally on the make. In any case, Micheal Martin decision not to contest looks much better. Ow than it seemed at the beginning of the election.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty