No one loved Tony Blair more than VDB when he and Bill Clinton were putting the “New” in both “New Democrat” and “New Labor.” No one was more impressed when Blair said what needed to be said post-9/11, and did so with an eloquence and grace and strength that made George Bush seem hopelessly incapable of greatness.
As a result no one felt more betrayed when Blair sewed himself to Bush’s chaps for the duration of the Iraq war. And no one has since longed more intensely for Blair’s repudiation by British voters.
Call it a VDB vendetta.
And of course, like Bush, Blair has seen Iraq slowly pull his entire legacy into the toilet — or, pardon me, the loo. New numbers from Britain’s Daily Telegraph:
Do you approve or disapprove of the government’s record to date?
Nov. 2005: 30%
Oct. 2005: 33%
Sept. 2005: 34%
Nov. 2005: 55%
Oct. 2005: 53%
Sept. 2005: 52%
Do you believe the “wheels are starting to fall off” Blair’s government?
How much do you think I love that second question: “Do you believe the ‘wheels are starting to fall off’ Blair’s government?” Not just the result, which is staggering, but the question itself.
And even more than that, I love those 13% who “aren’t sure” if the “wheels are coming off.” You know that’s a comforting thought for those currently bunkered at #10 Downing.
Note for British readers: In America, when very bad Bush or Bush-Iraq-War-Ally numbers come in, it’s customary to cue up the theme song from a popular children’s cartoon here, SpongeBob SquarePants.
So please bear with us — I know, hopelessly American.
Who-o-o lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Absorbant and yellow and porous is he!
Remember, Tony — Live by the Bush, die by the Bush. And don’t expect us to lighten up on you until you repudiate Bush and your whole doomed alliance with him. Your government is now being measured in months, not years — but VDB can carry on this fight until the last dog dies.
Think about it.