By staying silent these last few days and out of the media eye, Mugabe has been able to manipulate the media once again and have his preferred images broadcast on BBC and other major media organisations tonight. We even get to hear him suggest the opposition are using underhand means to try and 'steal' the election.
If you want a lesson on how to grab success from the jaws of defeat, you could do far worse than watching this man closely over the next days/weeks. But can he actually pull it off? I know he's a wily operator and has done this kind of thing before, but is it really possible that he might continue to hold power in Zimbabwe?
Interested to know your thoughts.