The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 May 2005

So long, Tony

The war in Iraq is not appreciably more popular in the United Kingdom than it is in the United States, and it's proving to be a worrisome issue for Prime Minister Tony Blair.

What's worse:

Tony is getting savaged over there over the war. And guess who has turned up to help him out in his election, to help him be re-elected over the objections of those who thought they were lied to?

The very same team that was helping to get John Kerry elected, muttering the whole time that Bush lied to get the country into a war.

That's right. The whole bunch of them: Bob Shrum, Stan Greenberg et al. The Democrats' A-Team.

So here they were in the U.S. saying Bush lied, but now there they are in Britain saying Tony didn't lie.

Of course, no one expects anything different from political consultants. And we know what to expect from Bob Shrum:

Shrum, you may remember, is the political consultant who quit the Carter campaign in 1976 because it wasn't enough like the McGovern campaign, which he had helped lose in 1972. Shrum went on to help Ted Kennedy lose in 1980. Then Dukakis in 1988. Then Al Gore in 2000.

And, in case you'd forgotten, John Kerry in 2004.

Expect the moving vans at Number 10.

(Via McGehee.)

Posted at 7:28 AM to Political Science Fiction


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Hasn't Bob Shrum won exactly zero (0) national elections?

What are Labour thinking? Yeah, I know - he's Toby Ziegler. However:
1) Toby did win ONE election.
2) Toby is imaginary

Even so, GO BLAIR! I love the guy.

Posted by: Dan at 1:05 PM on 4 May 2005

"Well," Bob Shrum must be saying to himself about now, "you can't lose them all."

Posted by: CGHill at 11:51 AM on 7 May 2005

Since Blair won, maybe the key to success for Schrum is to get out of the United States.

Posted by: Interested-Participant at 10:57 AM on 8 May 2005