There could well be a grand coalition in Italy to push forward the election of the President of the Republic, alter the Porcellum electoral rules and then send Italy to the polls again after the new President has dissolved this Parliament, the unfortunate child of too early a general election.
The sticking point is Pierluigi Bersani. His continued leadership of the Democratic Party or any suggestion of his installation as even a stop-gap prime minister results in the instant withdrawal of all offers of co-operation from all sides (other than his own Democratic Party faction) even from within the Democratic Party. There are bitter regrets that last November the Bersani faction got away with fixing the leadership elections against Matteo Renzi and failed to scrap the old communist guard.
Unfortunately Bersani is absolutely desperate to become prime minister, choosing to ignore that he has lost the elections and blaming everyone and everything for the 'ungovernability' of Italy. Sigh. We've seen this type before.
Comrade Bersani has finally faced the media after a notable (and welcome) absence ever since it became clear early yesterday that he had lost.
He refuses to resign as leader of the Democratic Party. The captain does not desert the ship, he is reported to have said. Sink or swim then.