Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cameron flip-flops again to jump on Obama bandwagon...

Tory Leader David Cameron previously backed Vietnam veteran John McCain, then former New York Mayor Rudi Guiliani to be next President of the United States. But now he's switched horses again - and hopped on the Obama bandwagon.

Sensing that something special is happening in the race for the White House, Dave doesn't want to be left behind. So he's reached for his favourite pair of flip-flops. On the eve of what's expected to be a big victory for Barack Obama in New Hampshire, the Tory leader has switched parties as well as candidates.

UPDATE: Here's what Cameron said on Radio FiveLive about Obama, from Wednesday's Guardian:

"I'm enjoying watching Barack Obama. I think he's a brilliant speaker, I think his optimism and sense of hope for the future is inspiring a lot of people. It's great to see. Too often [politics] gets down to hope and fear and I think it's wonderful when hope wins. I'm enjoying watching him, I must say. I think he's compelling," Cameron told Radio 5 Live's Breakfast programme.

"What people like is the sense that Obama generates, that we don't have to be like this, we can do better... I think we need that same sense of possibility here.

"I’m enjoying watching Barack Obama. I think he’s a brilliant speaker, I think his optimism & sense of hope for the future is inspiring a lot of people. It’s great to see. Too often politics gets down to hope and fear and I think it’s wonderful when hope wins. I’m enjoying watching him, I must say. I think he’s compelling. What people like is the sense that Obama generates, that we don’t have to be like this, we can do better…I think we need that same sense of possibility here"

6 comments:

Brynley said...

Dave Cameron's move has a certain unwelcome logic.

Tony Blair preferred the foreign policy of the Republican Right in the United States.

So there is a kind of vacancy for Dave Cameron to step into.

We saw this done so adroitly with the non-doms.

Labour wont tax them.

So Dave will.

It may be opportunism.

But if you vacate ground on the left, someone will come along and fill it.

Faideal can hardly complain about that.

fairdealphil said...

Happy New Year Brynley...

Despite posing as the true heir to Blair, the truth is Dave only has one real colour...true Tory blue.

Have you noticed how none of the candidates in the US on either side are claiming to be the true heir to Bush...?

wonder why that is...

fairdealphil said...

btw, brynley:

do you think Barack Obama is already unstoppable, or can Hillary come back?

SamuelCoates said...

Err, Cameron isn't backing Obama.

fairdealphil said...

samuel:

thanks. I've now uploaded his comments.

Brynley said...

There is nothing in the comments to suggest that Dave Cameron is backing Obama, just the usual sunny, feelgood stuff, trying to catch the zeitgeist, sound unstuffy, that sort of thing.

Obama is not promising health insurance for all Americans, so it would be optimistic to describe him as a progressive on domestic policy.