Let's take a moment off from politics, to discuss something really important.
By 1997, Wayne Cashman had performed so well as an assistant coach for several National Hockey League teams, that the Philadelphia Flyers made him their head coach. After he was fired from that job, after less than one season, Cashman stayed on as an assistant coach with the Flyers, and later held down that same job with the team for which he had played from 1965 to 1983, the Boston Bruins.
The consensus in the league was that Cashman's success in a subordinate role did not translate into a talent for the top job.
Gordon Brown got rave reviews for the job he did, running Britain's Treasury, as chancellor of the exchequer, from 1997 to 2007. Then, he was promoted to prime minister. Now, it seems as though everyone in the U.K. believes that Brown, like Cashman, is not cut out for the #1 job, even though he did well in a subordinate role. Everyone, that is, except Gordon Brown.
After heavy losses for Brown's Labor Party in local elections in some parts of England on Thursday, he again insisted that he's keeping his job.
As expected, Brown implemented a Cabinet reshuffle yesterday. It was less far-reaching than some had anticipated. The only major change involved Alan Johnson, a potential successor to Brown as Labor leader, being moved up from health secretary to home secretary.
Does all of that mean that Brown anticipates that the results of Thursday's other election, for the European Parliament, due to be announced tomorrow, will be less than disastrous for his party?