A healthy respect for Mandelson's baleful creative genius is generally in order. But, doubtless exhausted by several weeks of managing Brown - the most difficult job imaginable - he has penned a piece for the Inde which has seen him with nothing left in the locker, save a mix-and-match of limp, recycled confections from this campaign and even earlier. He has scrabbled around in his muck-heap of crapulent coinages, and all he can come up with is this.
"a man who has been tested ... these are serious times and they need a serious person. It is no time for novices, the worst possible time to take a gamble ... Get those big decisions right ... get the big decisions wrong ... the Tories – a massive gamble ... got every big judgment wrong on the recession ... now they are getting it wrong on the recovery ... a three-horse race"
And that's all they've got.
He must be saving himself for the frenzied round of conspiracy that commences on Thursday evening.