Who would have thought it?
Imagine if at the turn of the year I'd predicted what Gordon Brown would face in the first few weeks of 2010.
First, a coup attempt organised by former cabinet ministers with the encouragement or acquiescence of some in the current cabinet.
Then, well-sourced allegations that the prime minister had had to be warned about his behaviour towards his staff.
Next, the chancellor revealing that No 10 staff had helped unleash "the forces of hell" when he'd had the timerity to warn of the worst recession in 60 years.
Finally, a televised hearing re-opening questions about the Iraq war and whether, as chancellor, Gordon Brown had underfunded the armed forces.
If I'd predicted that my guess is that you - and I - would have forecast that Labour's poll ratings would drop even further. Instead, of course, they've risen.
One of the joys of reporting politics is that, for all the pressure to speculate, it is unpredictable.