Gobsmacked by Cameron news… Congratulations to British prime minister Rishi Sunak’s press shop for keeping such a tight lid on the resurrection of ex-PM and former PR guy David Cameron.
In the reshuffling of Sunak’s cabinet, Cameron becomes foreign minister and home secretary Suella Braverman gets bounced.
The BBC reported that its chief political correspondent Henry Zeffman, who was staking out 10 Downing Street “looked like he had seen a ghost” after he saw Cameron strolling into the building.
“I’m a bit tired but I don’t think I’ve had a funny turn,” Zeffman said to viewers of the Beeb. “I think—I don’t know, but I think—that means he’s going to be the new foreign secretary.”
Two reporters from Sky News simultaneously squealed “David Cameron” when they saw him emerge from the back seat of a Land Rover.
And will the return of Cameron rescue the sinking fortunes of Sunak and his Conservative Party?
Don’t count on it. The Economist columnist Bagehot wrote that though Cameron has the attributes to be an excellent PM: intelligence, diligence, a quick wit and a smooth manner, he managed to be one of the worst.
“Mr. Cameron’s return is a peculiar one, given his record,” wrote Bagehot. “A man who bungled foreign policy will now help shape it once more.”
Sunak rolled out Cameron, who is remembered for allowing the disastrous Brexit vote, because he is desperate.
One consolation: Cameron can do less damage as foreign secretary than he did as prime minister. At least, Rishi scored PR points on Cameron’s roll-out.
Who have the toughest jobs in PR? It’s got to be Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, advisors to Donald Trump’s election campaign.
They posted a statement on X, saying that rash of stories about Trump prosecuting his "enemies," firing civil servants and replacing them with Trump flunkies, ordering mass deportations of non-US citizens and setting up concentration camps around the outer edges of cities is theoretical and pure speculation. He also wants to serve for three terms because his first "was stolen."
Wiles and LaCivita say some of the wild tales are from non-profit groups who are working in the shadows to re-elect Trump.
But that’s pretty rich when Trump and his top aides such as Stephen Miller are the sources for the second-term plan.
Wiles and LaCivita wrote that Trump is completely and singularly focused on beating Joe Biden next November.
Meanwhile in the real world, Trump posted on Veteran’s Day.
“We pledge to you that we will root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our Country, lie, steal, and cheat on Elections, and will do anything possible, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America, and the American Dream. The threat from outside forces is far less sinister, dangerous and grave, than the threat from within. Despite the hatred and anger of the Radical Left Lunatics who want to destroy our Country, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Susie and Chris are whitewashing the ravings of a guy who is sounding more and more each day like Hitler and Mussolini
House Speaker MAGA Mike Johnson says the Bible shapes his worldview. The Book of Numbers must rank high on Mike’s Bible study list.
Fending off demands for massive spending cuts by the nutcases in the House Freedom Caucus, Johnson said: “I want to cut spending right now, and I would like to put policy riders” on the bill, he said. “But when you have a three-vote majority — as we do right now — we don’t have the votes. So what we need to do is avoid the government shutdown.”
Johnson doesn’t have the numbers to implement the HFC’s drastic measures that would die in the Senate anyway. Alleluia!
Let’s hope the Book of Revelation isn’t Mike’s second favorite book in the Bible.
What does that have to do with the price of a pound of butter in Dublin? That was a favorite expression of Jack Fogarty, a former salesperson at O’Dwyer. He used it when he considered something irrelevant. Joe Biden should take Jack’s expression to heart.
The president got some great news Nov. 14 on the inflation rate as it cooled to an annual 3.2 percent rate.
But that’s hardly relevant to a person shopping for butter, which costs much more today than when Uncle Joe took office.
The average cost of a pound of butter (4 sticks) peaked at $4.89 in January 2023, according to the Federal Reserve. It fell to $4.56 in October 2023. Butter cost $3.76 a pound when Biden was inaugurated.