Never has the leadership of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi been so openly under siege in the last few weeks.
It does look like our embattled Prime Minister does not have much going for him following the BN's worst election performance.
The dispute over the appointment of the Terengganu Menteri Besar leading to his face-off with the Terengganu Sultan, was yet another episode that had only served to further magnify Abdullah's ineptness at handling what many described as a simple & straightforward problem.
Until today, no one outside the political circles in Putrajaya and Terengganu know exactly why Abdullah was insistent on having Idris Jusoh re-appointed as Menteri Besar.
The rest of the world can only guess. But guessing with many stories -- some fact, some fiction -- as background.
In the last 48 hours, the burning question was whether Abdullah had offered to step down during the Umno supreme council meeting.
It seemed "everyone" was interested in the outcome of yesterday's Umno supreme council meeting.
Abdullah did not make that offer.
"Perhaps in December, the date the council fixed for party elections?", someone asked me in an SMS.
At this point, anything is possible.
What is certain is that Abdullah is on borrowed time. Of course, anything can happen from now until December.
A miracle of God may help strengthen his position or popularise his image. Who knows.
Perhaps he may decide to sack those people around him who've been masquerading as advisers.
Too little too late?
Abdullah can only hope to not continue digging his own grave with further display of his weak leadership, and and making inept decisions.
If that persists, then more and more people will press him to step down.
And they will come from within Umno's ranks.