March 15, 2012

ANGLOSPHEROSITY:

David Cameron's special relationship with President Obama (Dana Milbank, 3/15/12, Washington Post)

The prime minister even defended Obama's slow progress on debt reduction: "Actually, if you look at the U.S. plans for reducing the deficit over coming years, in many ways they are actually steeper than what we're going to be doing."

All that was missing was for Cameron to cut a campaign ad for Obama -- and he just about did that, too. The prime minister accompanied Obama to an NCAA basketball tournament game Tuesday night that just happened to be in the swing state of Ohio, and it produced some impossibly good press for the president.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair famously became President George W. Bush's "poodle" after he followed the United States into Iraq. Now it's the opposite relationship -- an American politician from the left and a British prime minister from the right -- but a similar dynamic is developing.

The absence of any meaningful difference between the parties of the left and right in the English-speaking world has made politics more partisan but relationships among nearly identical national leaders more personally amicable.

Posted by at March 15, 2012 7:42 PM
  

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