I would have pegged Jon Langford as too deep-dyed a Red (in the old sense, not as in "red state") to have much enthusiasm for the relatively centrist Barack Obama, but in this essay at Largehearted Boy, he makes his case. As an expatriate Brit he's often found himself in the unenviable position of having to defend his adopted country while making no defense of its indefensible recent policies. Obama's potential to change the U.S.'s self-image as well as its image abroad warms Langford's cockles. Mine too. I'm also glad that the debut album from the KatJon Band (Langford's collaboration with drummer-singer Katherina of the Ex), who made such a good impression at the Hideout/Touch and Go party two years ago, will finally see the light of day soon.