Former Aide to Tony Blair: GOP Presidential Nominee “Won’t Be Expected”


America will be surprised by who the Republican Party nominates for the presidential election in 2012, the former chief of staff to Tony Blair predicted last night.

“I have no clue who it will be,” Jonathan Powell said at an event at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side. “But it won’t be the expected candidate. It will be someone who isn’t big yet – not [Sarah] Palin or [Mitt] Romney.”

With the upcoming nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton, Powell explained what his top concerns as chief of staff would be for a royal wedding.

First of all, I’d be worried about a terrorist attack,” Powell said.

After safety concerns were addressed, Powell said that making the wedding marketable would also be a priority.

“I would try to get popularity on the back of it,” Powell said. “But lucky for them, this royal wedding seems to have done that on its own, especially with Americans.”

Powell recently released his second book, “The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World,” and believes the Italian philosopher would certainly have an opinion about Wikileaks if he were around today.

“Surely he wouldn’t approve of it,” Powell said. “He liked the idea of being discreet but not on the industrial level of discreetness.”

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