I forgot to mention this. Okay, I’m not saying that “public speaking” has anything to do with general competence in government officials, but the difference between George W. Bush and Tony Blair could not have been more marked last night. Bush seemed like he was floundering, like he couldn’t function without somebody whispering the words into his ear. I cringed every time he said “turrorism” or “Amurrica.” Blair, on the other hand, was both emotional and eloquent. Whatever else his faults, when he speaks you feel like he and his Cabinet are in control. Bush gave us generalities about “hunting those folks down”. Blair told us what he was doing to make us safe. I know which one I feel safer with as a leader.