May 7, 2008


Gordon Brown is helpless as the blows rain down (Andrew Gimson, 08/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

[P]erhaps the most agonising blow was Mr Cameron's reference to the Prime Minister's even more recent defeat in Edinburgh: "He was quite a good political fixer and he's now lost control of the Scottish Labour party."

As we peered into the Caledonian mists we could descry the figure of Wendy Alexander, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, raising the standard of revolt against Mr Brown in his native land: an astonishing demonstration of his disintegrating authority.

In Mr Cameron's words, "It is not much of a leadership if no one is really following him."

Mr Brown accused his tormentor of "slick salesmanship", provoking the response: "The Prime Minister talks about salesmanship.

"We all know his brilliant salesmanship: this is the man who sold gold at the bottom of the market. That is the problem with the Prime Minister: he has got nothing to sell and he is useless at selling it."

For half an hour, Mr Brown insisted he is a man of substance, as if by constant repetition he could force us to believe this.

But the effect was to suggest he is suffering from intellectual exhaustion: that the stupendous effort needed to run the Treasury for 10 years has hollowed him out and left him with nothing more to say.

How does this government last until 2010?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2008 8:31 PM

In early 1995, Bill Clinton said he was "still relavent," causing everyone to say he wasn't.

He proved to be.

In August of 2007, John McCain said he was "still relavent." He turned out to be.

Funny business, this politics. Beat some one down, and they come back. Run superhot, and you flame out.

Posted by: Bruno at May 7, 2008 11:55 PM

Bruno - good point. Makes me think of Newt, or Gary Hart, or even Rush. 4 months ago, the press was writing his obituary. Now, he's everywhere, and being talked about by all who hate him. And even when McCain was surging (and Rush was being dismissed), he was mentioned on the editorial page of the WSJ 3 or 4 days a week.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 8, 2008 7:42 AM