No Panaceas

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Another Tory bites the dust: The British Conservatives just sacked another leader. It's like a mirror image of Labour in the 1980s. But here's the goofy part of this article:

The confidence vote was an unusual move in a party which had been seen as the natural party of government in Britain until Blair's landslide victory for Labour in 1997. Only two Tory leaders this century have not gone on to become prime minister.

Uhh, yeah two Tory leaders this century have failed to go to become PM: Iain Duncan Smith and William Hague, i.e., neither Tory leader from this century made it. Not to be picky, or anything.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Clark's woes: Back in September I argued that Clark's campaign would go nowhere. Basically I made three points: 1) He would not appeal to Democratic activists; 2) he would commit gaffes; and 3) his campaign would be badly organized. He has not made any outright gaffes, at least not yet, but 1 and 3 have proved a big problem. Now his little flavor-of-the-month boomlet is done. The real question now is whether he can avoid mistakes and keep enough shine to attract a VP invitation.

Ouch: Here's a very sharp quote from a betrayed congressional wife:

“I think Washington corrupts people,” she said. “He was a wonderful husband and father, the best I ever saw, until he went there. I told him I was trying to get him out of the dark side, all that power and greed and people kissing up to them all time. Now he’s one of them. All they care about is getting reelected. I hate them all.”