If Jane Austen were alive today, how would she vote? Would the champion of marrying for love support gay marriage? Would the advocate of a woman getting to choose her future mate herself support reproductive choice?
We don't really need to be reminded that the spirit of British amateurism is alive and well. We can see it in a foreign policy that appears to be modeled on Carry on Up the Khyber, and in an economic policy that appears to be modeled on Calendar Girls.
Brown's face lit up at the sound of the students' cheers, as well it might after years of being publicly disemboweled in the media. He will be a hell of a lot happier as a community organizer than a politician.
For a politician who will need to confront both the hegemony and destructive immorality of the world political-economic order as well the furious, defeated neo-liberal wing of his own Party, this is clever.
The election of 40-year-old Ed Miliband to lead the UK's Labour Party proves the existence of a vibrant progressive movement in Britain that mirrors Barack Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Gordon Brown's '30 Rock' moment was sublime. Like Liz Lemon ranting while still on mic, Gordon smiled and told the woman he had just visited, to "take care," before clambering into his limo to complain, "She is just a sort of bigoted woman."
The general impression I had of Gordon Brown, while working on this piece, was that, despite, his mistakes, he is a man of substance in a shallow age. So the question is -- will we get the prime minister we deserve?