The importance of the Special Relationship with America has always rightly been the cornerstone of British foreign policy – with the short exception of the Heath premiership - which explains why Tony Blair found it so easy in January 2001 to move so swiftly from supporting Bill Clinton to being such best friends with the most rightwing Republican president since Herbert Hoover.
This fact presents a serious challenge to too many Conservatives in Britain, who ostrich-like, are not prepared to confront. The problem is their inexplicable attachment to a party that has produced the viciousness of Tom Delay, the hypocrisy of Mark Foley and David Vitter and the economic policies of George W Bush which have turned the budget surplus of Bill Clinton into a massive deficit due to tax cuts for the rich and greatly increased public spending. To add insult to injury, they find the nauseating mantra of the neo-cons attractive.
On the 20th January 2009 this will all change because due to the ineptitude of George W Bush in both his management of the American economy and the war in Iraq, the smart money is on a Democrat entering the White House. Barring an implosion of massive proportions that Democrat will be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.