Willie O'Dea will believe to his dying day that he was the Fianna Fail head on the Greens' plate, the person unlucky enough to be caught in the glare of the headlights when they needed an issue to prove their political virility.
While O'Dea admits he did wrong, he believes that the punishment was disproportionate to the crime. And he deeply resents the role played by the unelected Senator Dan Boyle -- "he footed the poll in the European elections" -- whose tweeting intervention forced the Greens to change their tune overnight after the vote of confidence last Wednesday.
I could say too little too late and I could point out like everyone else they remain in deep trouble,
however credit where credit is due they have shown some real green colours and forced FF to kick out the defence minister O'Dea.
Good for them.