What makes the Gandhi family an easy target for visceral attacks? Does it have to with the fact that it has been enjoying importance far disproportionate to what it delivers for the Congress? Or, is it that the inner circle that surrounds it has managed to create too many enemies, both within and outside the party? Being a political outfit the drubbing in the general election is something the Congress can soak in, but the diminishing prestige of the Gandhis, the fulcrum of the party, is certainly not what it can live with. The controversial remarks against the family, particularly Sonia Gandhi, in books published by the former media advisor to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru, and former External Affairs Minister in UPA I, Natwar Singh, have drawn the usual defensive response from the party's leaders, but it increasingly appears to be lacking the force of conviction.