Requiem for an Administration

Boris Johnson coins an appropriate epitaph for Bush’s disastrous tenure:

Democracy and capitalism are the two great pillars of the American idea.

To have rocked one of those pillars may be regarded as a misfortune.

To have damaged the reputation of both, at home and abroad, is a pretty stunning achievement for an American president.

On a related note, why can’t American politicians take a few cues from Boris? I’d trade the Messiah for a good tackle any day of the week.

UPDATE: Via Reason, more classics from BoJo:

Mr Johnson wrote: “For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing, and so it is with a happy amazement that we watch as the madness engulfs the Labour Party.”

On his rivals in the Liberal Democrats: “The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition.”

In his Telegraph column December 2, 2004 on being sacked from the Tory front bench: “My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.”

“Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.

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