They said that there could never be a party leader whose views would be more widely despised and vilified than the BNP's Nick Griffin.
They said that there could never be a Labour leader more partisan, more tribal, more blinded by his hatred of his imagined enemies than Gordon Brown.
They were to be proved wrong - very wrong - by one man, and one man alone.
That man, that man, is Ed Balls, rumoured to be throwing his enormous, sweaty hat into the ring for Labour leadership tomorrow.
A man who has in his trouser pocket Labour's one-way ticket to oblivion,
Please, let it be so...