March 31, 2010

TONY AT THE ABYSS:

Blair's gaffe (Peter Williams, March 30, 2010 , Foreign Policy)

In a speech today at a Labour Party rally held in his old constituency of Sedgefield, former Prime Minister Tony Blair publicly threw his weight behind incumbent Prime Minister Gordon Brown. While some may have been surprised or even amused by Blair's endorsement of Brown, given their strained relationship, what I found most interesting was Blair's description of Conservative Leader David Cameron's campaign slogan "Time for Change" as "the most vacuous [slogan] in politics." [...]

What's so risible about Blair's comment is the awkward position in which it puts him: by mocking Cameron's "Time for Change," he also mocks Obama's "Change We Can Believe In." There just really isn't any way to simultaneously skewer "Time for Change" and hold up "Change We Can Believe In" as a paradigm of pith and profundity.


That last sentence needs editing: there isn't any way to hold up "Change We Can Believe In" as profound.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2010 5:32 AM
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