Maybe the arrival of Obama in the UK tonight will distract attention from the media story of Brown's disaster. Notably Obama is keen to meet with Blair and tolerating a meeting with Brown.
Says it all really.
However, my own view is that Obama is the US Blair. He has little to say, this excellent post by mark Wadsworth sums up his position on many things. He is has an everyman appeal and ticks all the right boxes. After George W. Bush he can be the unity candidate for America.
But he is not the leader for tough times, he is a leader for a Clinton era. I can't see his experience and leadership helping the US through the middle of the recession and potential war.
Back home is is well in hock to protectionist unions for example; no real free trade expansion, perhaps even a repeal of Nafta.His other plans such as using Government funds to pick manufacturing winners and such like is straight out of a 1970's socialist playbook.
The only area he has a good view on is predatory lending which is a scourge in both the US and UK and is a nasty development from the past few years of ultra-cheap credit.
Like Blair, some of his words are grandiose and he has the common touch, but like Blair I don;t think he has the convictions to follow-up on to make real change. Blair talked of renewal and making Britain a young country - what did he achieve - huge debts and little real improvement in public services, mass immigration and a huge public sector.
What will Obama do in his 4 years?