I did the rounds of the usual American news agencies to see what they were saying about our election but aside from saying it was a landslide, there was not much in their writing I thought captured how we on our side felt had just taken place. So I thought I would post a couple of blog posts that I have come across that do a nice job.
Diplomad 2.0 has the kind of writing on Abbott and the Liberal win that you seldom see anywhere. It starts from the premise that Labor for the past six years has been a hopeless government. Because unless you start from such a premise, what has just happened before your very eyes makes little sense. Here’s a taste of what he wrote but I, of course, encourage you to read it all:
A big John Howard fan, I admired his blunt speaking, profound patriotism, and willingness to continue the long Aussie tradition of stepping up to defend the West. His rise to power gave me hope that we could avoid four years of Al Gore after eight years of Clinton. Australia, again, proved the land of tomorrow, and we got George W. Bush. I was appalled when Howard’s long run as PM ended and we saw Labor’s Kevin Rudd incumber the office of PM. I saw Rudd more as a European phony than the down-to-earth and very clear-eyed Australians with whom I worked. His kow-towing to the warmist crowd with his signing of Kyoto, and his “apology” for Australia being a great country turned me off completely. I hoped and prayed that Rudd, and his even more bizarre intra-Labor rival, weird Welshwoman Julia Gillard, would not prove a glimpse of what was in store for the USA. This time, Alas! Australia, again, predicted what was to come. We got an inept anti-American Chicago mountebank by the name of Barrack Hussein Obama, who made the shambolic (Note: A great British word!) Rudd-Gilliard-Rudd administration seem like a Swiss railroad in comparison.
And while I’m at it, this was the post from Mark Steyn at National Review he put up on the night.