After a thoroughly uninspiring election campaign, characterised by lots of me-too promises and fence-sitting, we have ended up with a political scene that is utterly transformed, with the previously dominant hardline right not merely out of government but a marginalised minority within the opposition.
But, as the astute reader might have guessed, the above was not originally written as a wish for the USA 2008 election. It is John Quiggin writing about what has happened in the aftermath of the recent Australian election.
The full post notes the sudden desire of Liberal and National leaders to spend more time with their families. Funny how defeat turns politicians into family men.
As for the USA 2008, regardless of whether Hillary Clinton wins and regardless of the size of the margin or of Democratic gains in both houses of Congress, this sort of wholesale transformation is much less feasible than in Australia’s parliamentary system. To our great loss.
(And, yes, I consider Clinton the nominee until someone proves otherwise.)