I was so impressed witbh Theresa May's speech to Republican lawmakers during her state visit to the US earlier this year. She hit all the right notes, and seemed to back them up with a grounding in principles.
But, boy, did she miscalculate the mood of the UK's voting populace by calling for a snap election. It badly eroded the Conservative position, which greatly weakens her as prime minister under the parliamentary system.
It did the West in general no favors, that's for sure. We have a new guy in France, Macron, who is the ultimate in pointy-headed center-left bureaucratic mush. Merkel, of course, seems indifferent, despite her occasional attempts to convince us otherwise, to the morphing of Europe into a rest home for aging natives - and a sharia enclave for a flood of newcomers. And in North America we have a Macron-eque figure, Trudeau, at the helm in Ottawa, and, of course, Squirrel-Hair holding forth in Washington.
Maybe May's current situation will serve as the crucible to temper her bona fides as a courageous visionary as no other circumstances could.
But she'll need to never lose sight of the fact that the Jeremy Corbin types will be wasting no time to fill the vacuum.