As far as I'm concerned, things are very much heading in the right direction. No leadership will be unproblematic and no government will avoid scandal or sheeting blame for some stuff-up on their watch.
The important thing to have in a PM or President is the ability to think deeply on an issue and to act in accordance with the best minds on the subject rather than responding to the instruction of more ignorant moral lobbyists, whose views are shaped by pre-coded prejudice and orthodoxy.
The difference between the incumbent Australian and US governments and their predecessors is the difference between night and day. That the pendulum will swing once more is inevitable, perhaps even desirable. The most one can hope for is that some of the effects of progressive thought will be lasting.