Labour members must be looking at the recent leadership (non-)contests and shaking their heads in disbelief.
The easiest excuses, were of course, the ones that Wendy herself gave, but they only scratch the surface of the issues.
To the objective outsider, it looks like at both Holyrood and Westminster that Labour have appointed the intellectual to fill the vacancy, without any thought about their leadership abilities.
In both cases, the vacancy was caused by the Labour Party believing it needed change at all costs. They just never thought what that cost was.
Both Alexander and Brown have a deserved reputation for intelligence and understanding their brief; but neither is able to lead a disparate (desperate!) group of individuals and are unable to inspire loyalty in their troops or even give the vaguest impression of being in touch with the public.
Wendy's greatest problem was that a large section of her own party were out to get her to the extent of providing extremely damaging information to the press.
In the meantime the SNP have got her scalp, when they would have been much better off if they had allowed the matter to drag on indefinitely, and now they will have to deal with whoever replaces her. And Cathy Jamieson is unequivocally NOT the answer.
Alexander had the potential to be an extremely effective leader of the opposition, injecting some needed intelligence and analysis into the debates in the chamber.
Surrounded as she was by intellectual pygmies and useless political advisors, she ended up powerless, aimless and bizarrely appearing to be out of her depth on almost every issue.
She will return to her role on the backbenches (at least until the election) where she will no doubt publish highly clever and effective pamphlets, give well received lectures, and be sorely missed by her Party.
The leadership contest is going to be one of these elections no-one will want to win, as they face defeat after defeat before they can ever hope to win (win? get a decent vote, will be a success) in Scotland.
The Parliament is the worse for this childish witch-hunt, as the appallingly low level of intellect in the chamber is now more obvious than ever, with only a few redeeming MSPs raising the average IQ much above that of an amoeba.
Still, we get what we vote for, so it is only us to blame; but with the public opinion of politicians degenerating with every action these politicians take, the public is quickly becoming even less well served by those we elect to 'represent' us.