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Me, last week:

Obama already made fans of Niall Ferguson and Eli Lake; by 2012, I wouldn't be surprised if he's converted Max Boot as well.

Max Boot, today:

As someone who was skeptical of Obama's moderate posturing during the campaign, I have to admit that I am gobsmacked by these appointments , most of which could just as easily have come from a President McCain ... Only churlish partisans of both the left and the right can be unhappy with the emerging tenor of our nation's new leadership.

Take it away, Massie ...

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Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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