Preliminary Reactions to the Obama Speech

I’ll get into the speech a bit more tomorrow, but I’ve been browsing the comments of CNN.com and Foxnews.com and there are a surprising amount of self-described conservatives and Republicans who were moved by the speech, many enough to promise Obama their vote.

One of my favorite “Obamacons”, Andrew Sullivan, puts it well:

I’d like to support a conservative not beholden to the religious right, not indifferent to fiscal degeneracy, respectful of the constitution, hostile to torture, tough with foreign enemies but eager for new and old allies, and intent on making government smaller and leaner and more effective. Such a conservative is not available, and unless the GOP is reformed root and branch by a new generation, there won’t be one available for a long while.

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