Thursday, May 05, 2005

Congrats to Tony

I have a soft spot in my heart for Tony Blair. Oh Tony, whither goest thou? Blair is a tragic figure of modern liberal politics, seduced, corrupted and discarded by George W. Bush. Now his edge in Parliament has been cut in half and he is a wounded leader. But all this has helped to give him an odd kind of nobility. He has been far more eloquent on the Iraq war and the imperatives to confront terrorism than Bush ever was – never mind if his premises were false, I sure wanted to believe him, and still do on some level. And he seems like something that Bush and many other leaders are not – a genuine grownup, someone who understands the responsibilites of power and the fleeting, inherently frustrating nature of political leadership and bears both well.