– Australia named as a nuclear threat

HAROLD Ford, a handsome 36-year-old from Tennessee, has become one of the sensations of the mid-term elections in the US and a reason why Democrats are a good chance of winning back control of the US Congress for the first time in 12 years.

But if Mr Ford, already a US congressman, wins his bid to become a more powerful senator, Australia had better watch out.

Because according to Mr Ford, Australia has an interest in nuclear weapons and is part of the broader nuclear threat to the US.

In a speech to county government officials yesterday in Knoxville, Mr Ford – listed in People magazine in 2001 as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [did they mention he's a Democrat? Oh good.] – electrified the audience, as he does everywhere he speaks. …

His skilled oration on domestic politics may be flawless, but his grip on foreign policy is error-prone. Yesterday he stumbled into gaffes on the North Korean nuclear tests and then mentioned Australia in the same breath as rogue nations wanting to go nuclear.

Um. Hey please do.

With Antipodean summer approaching, ninme adds a swimsuit to the suitcase next to the door

Curtsy: Tim Blair.