The chances of creating a more just, inclusive, sustainable and human world are a little better after the victory of Barack Obama. America is a country full of contradictions, but as Mike Tomasky - who now deserves a vacation as much as the cadidate himself - observes here, it could not have happened anywhere else.
When America has a good day, the rest of us can afford to celebrate the fact that the United States remains the world's only superpower. I have my doubts about Obama: anyone who achieves his stunning level of success must necessarily have kept very quiet about any plans to change the world. But, for those of us who know how urgent the need for substantial, structural change is, an Obama White House provides a much better context in which to make our case. As Tomasky concludes, it's been a good night.