Tunku Varadarajan embarrasses himself by writing that it's a shame Tony Blair is not running for office "since he was the best British prime minister America has had since Maggie Thatcher (who was, herself, the best since Winston Churchill)."

Well since there was only one prime minister between Thatcher and Blair - the much under-rated John Major - that's not exactly a sweeping statement. But it's a little odd reading a conservative praise such a massive increase in government spending as a share of GDP and a war that can only be called the biggest foreign policy mistake since Vietnam - until you realize that this was exactly what the Rove Republicans achieved as well. So the WSJ is only being consistent, I guess. Larison dutifully counters.

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