David Shearer will almost certainly receive a 100% endorsement from his caucus when they meet to vote on his leadership today.
This will horrify some on the left who are convinced Shearer is a liability and must go. Personally I don't care any more, because there doesn't really seem to be an end to the criticism of Labour's leader, and what good does it do? Is anyone listening?
Surely now all of Shearer's many faults and flaws have been exposed and discussed at length, unless Chris Trotter is holding back more dynamite. Perhaps we'll learn that Shearer was the mastermind behind George Bush's War on Terror, sleeps in a coffin, and has been carrying on a torrid and secret romance with Rodney Hide for the last decade.
Barring any such revelations, or some other unforeseeable event, David Shearer will take Labour into the 2014 election.
But will today's 100% endorsement silence the dissent? Certainly not! It's not how we do things on the left. Our noble tradition of infighting needs to be honoured.
Tradition is important, which is why I wouldn't dream of suggesting that Labour people just get in behind their leader for the good of the party, because someone will then accuse me of trying to shut down debate, even though the debate has become tedious, and even though nobody really has anything interesting to add to it.
I also wouldn't dream of suggesting that some people might be better off either coming to terms with Shearer's leadership or finding something better to do with their time, because if I did that someone somewhere would probably have hurt feelings.
And even though I've even been told that there are other parties on the left (imagine that!), I certainly wouldn't advocate that people disgusted or dismayed by Labour (for whatever reason) go off and join one of those other parties rather than stay inside the tent and piss all over the people around them.
We shouldn't also discount the possibility that some of those dissenters we're hearing so much from actually want Labour to lose in 2014. Some of these people will be of the "destroy the village in order to save it" variety, while others will simply be guided by personal ambition or petty spite. It would make sense for these people to keep the debate going. The 2014 election could be close, and John Key may need all the help he can get.