US Senate strangely silent over Margaret Thatcher

15 April 2013

In deference to Lady Thatcher’s immense popularity across the Pond, the US House of Representatives paid tribute to her. But the US Senate has been oddly reluctant to follow suit. Sources in Washington tell Mr Steerpike that a Republican resolution is ‘on hold’ because Democrat majority leader Harry Reid, with the help of a Senator Schumer, is blocking the move.

This is poor show, as a quick history lesson will prove. US senators were slow to authorise President Reagan’s attack on the late and unlamented ‘Mad Dog’ of the Middle East. But the Gipper wasn’t worried because the Iron Lady allowed the assault to be launched from these shores. That’s friendship, honourable senators.

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  • EdinNth

    Heard an interesting commentary in the lead up to the funeral from Henry Kissinger, who presumably knows a thing or two about such matters.
    He said that coming out of Vietnam & Watergate, Mrs Thatcher was valued as giving kudos to ‘ the west ‘.

  • victor67

    Was that the heroic attack that killed som of Gadaffi’s children? and led to an escalation in terror and sponsoring of terrorism against the UK.

    • Colonel Mustard

      What a peculiar comment. It shows the rather sick and inverted way the lefty mind works and the kind of attitude that allowed Blair and New Labour to cosy up to Gaddafi. Presumably because of his lefty and “anti-imperialist” credentials. That pariah was openly sponsoring international terrorism before the US attack which was in direct response to an escalation of Libyan backed terrorism in Europe.

      Gaddafi had caused the deaths of many hundreds of innocent people, including at the Vienna and Rome airports, long before his own children were killed.

    • Ringstone

      No, the attack was in retaliation for the 1986 Berlin Discotheque Bombing among others and proxy operations such as the Rome and Vienna Airport attacks. One suspects that the reason Maggie T allowed the planes to take off from UK in part because of the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher from the Libyan Embassy in 1984 – at least you’d like to think so.
      I think the term for apologists like you is “useful idiot” but as Gaddafi, your peace loving hero, has gone maybe we should ditch the useful bit?

    • Bill Posters


  • george

    I’m fond of the USA but this administration is increasing looking like the french … they are only there for you when they need you. I can see a day the US comes looking for a friend in the UK and gets told to get stuffed.

  • Kevin King

    Although I would disagree about calling margaret thatcher a great leader or for that matter a great person, the spectacle of people holding parties to celebrate anyone’s death is a sure sign there is something significantly wrong with “society” in this country. A lack of education, a lack of moral fibre.. I have no idea what it is, but there are far too many people behaving like savages for anyone to feel anything but disgust for where this “society” has ended up. Blaming one person for your own failings is a sure sign of a weak mind and a reminder to the rest of us, that the baying parisian mob of the terror is never far away.

  • DWWolds

    In contrast this is an e-mail I received from an ordinary American friend on the day Lady T died:

    “THE GREAT IRON LADY IS NO MORE! I just came in from work and turned on BBC
    World Service as I usually do and then I heard the breaking world news that
    Maggie is no longer. How I remember her well where she always stood side by
    side with my country and how she put GREAT Britain back on the map. I remember
    when our great President Ronald Reagan died she was with his family from the
    first day of mourning through all of the ceremonies throughout the week.. And
    at the final ceremony she gave one of the greatest speeches I have ever heard.
    She had recorded it a year earlier but it was played on GIANT screens as
    thousands of important dignitaries and commoners looked on including her with
    her special hat and purse.

    Please accept my deepest sympathies. As I a child I heard about the great
    Winston Churchill and then as a young man I heard about the great Maggie and
    followed her life since then.”

  • zanzamander

    When have Democrats ever been our friends? They’ve thrown in their lot with Islamists anyway.

  • Curnonsky

    The resolution is reportedly being blocked by the eminent senator from the great state of New Jersey, Bob Menendez, chaiman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

    Recently the good senator has been in the news for his foreign relations with young women in the Dominican Republic.

    Perhaps he feels the steely glare of Mrs. Thatcher from beyond the grave.

  • therealguyfaux

    Chuckie Schumer is the usual suspect, as he is the most visible Democrat on Sunday mornings after the chat shows that the news organisations go to for a comment (it has been said that the most dangerous place in Washington DC to be is between a camera and Chuckie Schumer). He’s such a mighty mouth you’d figure he’d have something to say on almost any subject, including this one; in other words, like Mandy Rice-Davies might put it, Chuckie “would say something like that, wouldn’t he?”. But trust me, it’s Bernie Sanders, the Wedgie Benn of American politics. While he is considered part of the Democratic caucus for many purposes, he doesn’t have the Whip, being he was elected as an independent candidate. If anyone’s prints are going to be found on this one, it’s Bernie Sanders’. He gives them cover, behind his being “not a Democrat,” and Harry Reid’s scrupulous adherence to Senate custom of delaying a vote if even one Senator plays the “hold” card. If the matter raised enough of a stink, and it won’t, the truth would come out that even Reid is doing it out of pure mean spite, based on the Repub’s being able to baulk him by filibustering (a la Rand Paul’s recent effort). But for animus against Lady Thatcher, it’s Sanders; Schumer hasn’t a principled bone in his body and if the truth were known, probably wouldn’t give a flying fadoodle and might even look to fly to London for the funeral if he’d been invited, as long as it’s on the government’s dime.

  • fitz fitzgerald

    Little else is expected from the DC lilly livers these days … they have, after all, Pivoted …

  • joshuafalken

    The Obama administration does not care for the UK.

    Actually, they appear to dislike pretty much everyone judging by the amount of people they are upsetting across the world, starting especially with their own population.

    We should ask Harry Reid why he will risk nuclear conflict to support the South Korean’s right to self determination, but refuses the same for Falkland Islanders?

  • Whitestones

    This is from the same tribe that supported, collected and donated funds to the IRA.

    We should not be surprised.

  • MarinerAncien

    Must be the “Special relationship” at work.

  • UlyssesReturns

    I posted this 4 days ago on and got over 2,000 approvals (mostly from Americans I imagine) and dozens of comments disgusted by the actions of the Democrats.

    Perhaps the left in the United States have been infected by the same
    malicious virus that taints the left here in Great Britain. We on the
    right look down on the left as misguided and foolish whereas the left
    viscerally hates us as evil child killers, or worse. It is inconceivable
    that proper-thinking conservatives would ‘dance in the streets’ at the
    death of Chavez or eventually Castro (2 icons of the left), but that is
    exactly what has happened on the death here in England of one of the
    world’s greatest post-war leaders, Margaret Thatcher. We live in
    strange times.

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