There is such a thing as an intelligent conservative; Andrew Sullivan is one.  And like many intelligent conservatives, he’s voting for Obama.  His bottom-line reasons are to restore the rule of law after what he calls Bush & Cheney’s “de facto coup against the constitution”.  But he also finds Obama something we haven’t seen for a long time: someone who can inspire.

Obama, moreover, seems to bring out the best in people, and the calmest, and the sanest. He seems to me to have a blend of Midwestern good sense, an intuitive understanding of the developing world that is as much our future now as theirs’, an analyst’s mind and a poet’s tongue. He is human. He is flawed. He will make mistakes. His passivity and ambiguity are sometimes weaknesses as well as strengths.

But there is something about his rise that is also supremely American, a reminder of why so many of us love this country so passionately and are filled with such grief at what has been done to it and in its name. I endorse Barack Obama because I will not give up on America, because I believe in America, and in her constitution and decency and character and strength.

 Go and vote, and don’t watch the news until the evening.