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"Blair for President"

In a recent column titled "Blair for President", the insightful Thomas Friedman enumerates "a few basic rules that Democrats have forgotten in recent years"...

  • Rule #1: People listen through their stomachs...
  • Rule #2: Never put yourself in a position where you succeed only if your country fails...
  • Rule #3: Get a candidate people like...
  • Rule #4: Get a candidate who can give a fireside chat.
...then nominates an interesting choice:
Right now there is only one Democrat who could live up to all these rules: the British prime minister, Tony Blair. Maybe the Democrats should give him a green card. He's tough on national security, he has an alternative global vision, people like him and he is a beautiful, reassuring speaker. He's Bill Clinton without baggage. I'd say he's a natural.
I think Friedman has a great idea. I should, because I said something similar myself back in early September:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave a press conference the other day to talk about his government's position on taking action against Iraq. I watched... part of it... on BBC World News, and can confidently report that [his talk] was delivered looking neither at a TelePrompter nor at notes...

Our last President was Bill Clinton, who was as articulate as Blair but generally a spineless poll-watcher, so it went to waste. Bush seems to have a spine, but is unable to express himself clearly except in the most controlled contexts. To have a President with convictions and the ability to articulate them? It's hard to imagine.

Now if only it wasn't for that unfortunate "natural born citizen" bit...

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