By Wednesday, however, Baker's London Times column showed him suffering a severe case of Obama mania:
The American people yesterday demonstrated once again their unique capacity for self-renewal by electing the first black man as head of state, not much more than a generation after the country’s African-Americans were accorded full civil rights.The formerly sober admirer of fly-over America meets "change." Obama--is there nothing he can't do?
And a mere four years after apparently confirming in place a semi-permanent conservative ascendancy, US voters swept into office a Democratic party that is comfortably to the left of anything the country has seen in the last 30 years.
Yesterday’s results were head-spinning stuff. In electing Barack Obama president by a solid margin, accompanied by a congress with the biggest Democratic majority since the 1970s, Americans have signalled a dramatic change in the direction of the world’s sole superpower.
The country regarded loftily by many Europeans as hopelessly racist and irredeemably right wing has voted to be ruled by a black man, at the head of a party committed to economic redistribution and a foreign policy rooted in peaceful diplomatic engagement.
BTW, Arthur Chrenkoff and Iain Murray provide a less wide-eyed assessment of Obama's America. Peter Berkowitz suggests what Obama would do were he truly post-partisan. And original and former blogger Steven Den Beste gives his verdict: "NOT the end of the world."