The popular vote currently stands at 51.3% to Obama against 47.4% for McCain. IN comparison to 2004 which was 50.7% Bush, 48.3% Kerry what you actually see is a small movement of votes in a country that is still deeply divided politically. As my friends over at the Crossed Pond have noted,
this means that the sum total of the hatred of Bush, the war in Iraq, civil liberties under attack, the collapse of the Republican Party, and the financial crisis ripping through our economy swayed a couple of percent of the electorate.Not of course that any of it matters to those who are outsiders. There will be joy for a while that the evil right wing GOP have been routed from the White House. Then, when the dust settles and the job of leading the free world begins for real for Obama, he'll make decisions that will continue to piss them all off.
That's it for foreign affairs now until after next January when the slide into the current status of sneering antiamericanism begins once more.
UPDATE: The following graph shows the percentage shares of the US popular vote, 1960 to date and illustrates the point quite well.