Monday, September 21, 2015

Meet The Conservative Rep Who's Standing Up To Boehner

By Nile Gardiner, Sep 20, 2015 Daily Signal

Jeremy Corbyn is hardly a household name in the United States, but his election win has raised eyebrows on this side of the Atlantic and has been prominently featured on the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. With good reason: there is growing nervousness in Washington in the wake of Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour party. Corbyn, after all, is the antithesis of Tony Blair, whose instincts were to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Blair’s successors as Labour leader, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband, were less vociferously pro-American but were, broadly speaking transatlanticists, who understood the importance of the alliance with the U.S.

Corbyn may have his admirers on the American left who seek to embed the seeds of Socialism in U.S. political discourse and see his victory as a positive omen. But Corbyn’s stunning ascendance will prompt far more alarm in America than cheers of joy. Corbyn’s win will have significant implications for the Anglo-American Special Relationship, and Corbyn as prime minister of Great Britain in 2020 would be a truly nightmarish scenario for Washington policymakers, regardless of who wins the race for the White House next year.

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