Jim Manzi makes the argument. Bush made it possible. Obama will make it happen. And some of us will have to return to remaking conservatism from the ground up. I can assure you this: I want Obama to win this election as much as anyone. But I will be his toughest critic if he wins, and I will criticize him on the basis of my conservative principles. First: we have to get rid of the most corrupt, incompetent, unhinged, and power-mad political machine since Nixon.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.