We've never taken presidential elections all that seriously before.
But now we have reached some sort of crossroads, or dead end, or we've fallen over the cliff and on the way down, whatever.
We need to have a very serious chat about what's wrong with our state (not just our government), what it means to be Irish, where we are going, where we want to go, etc.
After the election, hopefully it will continue and the new President will not just lock themselves up in the big house.
Looking at all the potential candidates so far, it's hard to find anyone who can lead such a debate, or inspire us, or make us feel good or give us hope or self-belief.