Berlusconi lost in Italy. The government of France was forced to cave to protestor’s demands. Governments in South America are headed sharply to the left. Bush and Blair are in serious trouble, even with their once-loyal base.
Antiwar sentiment is mainstream. The immigrant rights movement just exploded out of the grassroots and now commands front page headlines. These are huge changes from even a few months ago.
As blogged here recently, the Left is now in the ascendant, with the US (and world) entering a new period of radicalization. The Right is furious and uneasy. They thought they had control, now they see it slip, sliding away.
For those who say demonstrations don’t accomplish anything, the immigrant rights movement has just conclusively proven that they do. People in the streets, not faxes to Congress, is what makes change happen.