After yesterday’s reminder of why some of us miss Tony Blair, here's evidence that Barack Obama is his natural successor as a consummate political communicator. Like Blair, Obama is a natural centrist and instinctive big tent politician who, despite calls to be more partisan, just can’t resist looking for common ground with his opponents.
Well, that’s one way of interpreting his speech to the Republican caucus in Baltimore yesterday. Another view is that the event, in which the President ran rings around his Republican questioners, was a supreme political coup for the White House, one that his hosts are already regretting. Judge for yourself: