A reader writes:

I'm a Republican and I pray to God that Obama gets the nomination. I'll vote for him in a heartbeat. He's a rational man who understands and respects the people that he wants to represent. With this attitude, he shows the public that he believes in what we can accomplish together. It's not what HE can do for us, it's what WE can do together. Reagan was the last president who seemed this optimistic about the American public, and it goes a long way towards explaining his appeal. I would go so far as to say that Reagan's appeal here in the Midwest was really never about policy per se, but about his disposition. He believed in Americans. Obama can go there, and does with striking clarity. It's not an act, like Clinton, it's a belief system.