Conservatives for Obama

There appear to be many American conservative voters who believe that the Bush administration has been a disaster, and that Barack Obama offers the best hope for a fresh start. Obama can lose these people, however, if he forgets that he is a reconciler, not a class warrior.

SAN FRANCISCO -- John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee for president, likes to say that he was a “foot soldier” in the Reagan Revolution. So was I, working out of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. But, unlike McCain, a good man and a true American hero, I don’t intend to vote Republican this November. I am voting for Barack Obama.

Meritocracy is at the core of American conservative beliefs. So let’s face it: George W. Bush has been the worst US president in memory. His administration has been inept, corrupt, and without accomplishment. After this performance, why give the Republicans another turn at the helm?

Let’s give the other party a chance, even if its policies are not exactly what conservatives may like. In America, we call it “throwing the bums out.”

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