In June it was Fred Thompson who crossed the Atlantic to be photographed with Baroness Thatcher.
Last week Gordon Brown caused consternation in the Conservative Party as he was photographed with the Prime Minister that he castigated when she was in Downing Street.
Next week the Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani arrives in London at the invitation of Liam Fox, Conservative Defence spokesman. He will give Atlantic Bridge's Inaugural Margaret Thatcher Lecture. The hero of 9/11 will receive the Margaret Thatcher medal of freedom. Republicans in London and British admirers will pay up to £10,000/ $20,000 to pay to sit on the top table with Mayor Giuliani and Margaret Thatcher. Most dinner guests will be paying £450/ $900 or £1,000/ $2,000.
Margaret Thatcher connects Republican candidates with what American conservatives see as the 'golden Reagan era'. You can expect the Rudy-Thatcher photo to figure prominently in Mayor Giuliani's attempts to assure the GOP primary voters that he is 'one of them' as Lady Thatcher might say.
London's Sunday Times reports Rudy Giuliani's attacks on Hillary Clinton's claims to be a new Iron Lady - as Margaret Thatcher was famously described.
He told The Sunday Times' Sarah Baxter:
“I don’t think Margaret Thatcher would impugn the integrity of a commanding general in a time of war, as Hillary Clinton did, or require an army to give a schedule of their retreat to the enemy, as the Democrats are suggesting."
Giuliani has taken out a full page advertisement in the New York Times which attempts to link Hillary Clinton with a recent very controversial caricature of General Petraeus as General 'Betray-us'. A Rudy2008 campaign video also makes the same point.
The strong attacks on Hillary Clinton are part of the 'politics of confrontation' that Rudy Giuliani used to such electoral effect in New York. Matthew Continetti believes that this polarising of the contest between the Republicans and Senator Clinton is core to Mayor Giuliani's plan to bring socially conservative Republicans to his side. This strategy was described in more detail by Thomas Edsall in a May article for the New Republic.
Giuliani's Wednesday night speech will focus on foreign policy. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Niall Ferguson (an adviser to the McCain campaign) worries that Giuliani isn't thinking enough about all necessary foreign challenges:
"The descent of the Greater Middle East into a large-scale war, the disintegration of the system of nuclear non-proliferation, the escalating competition between developed and emerging economies over scarce raw materials and the breakdown of the system of multilateral trade liberalisation."
I'll be at Wednesday's dinner and will file a full report afterwards.