Yglesias Award Nominee

"Today I endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States.  I believe him to be a person of integrity, intelligence and genuine good will. I take him at his word that he wants to move the nation beyond its religious and racial divides and to return United States to that company of nations committed to human rights...

No doubt some of my friends will see this as a matter of party or intellectual treachery.  I regret that and I respect their disagreement.  But they will readily agree that as Republicans, we are first Americans.  As Americans, we must voice our concerns for the well-being of our nation without partisanship when decisions that have been made endanger the body politic.  Our president has involved our nation in a military engagement without sufficient justification or clear objective.  In so doing, he has incurred both tragic loss of life and extraordinary debt jeopardizing the economy and the well-being of the average American citizen. In pursuit of these fatally flawed purposes, the office of the presidency, which it was once my privilege to defend in public office formally, has been distorted beyond its constitutional assignment.  Today, I do no more than raise the defense of that important office anew, but as private citizen," - Douglas Kmiec, Slate.

To grasp the full integrity of this piece, check out Kmiec's bio. This isn't the first time that Kmiec has shown an open mind in this respect. He won an Yglesias Award nomination a month ago on the DIsh. What's impressive to me is that he does not in any way recant his own theoconservative positions on marriage and abortion, while seeing that there is a lot at stake in this election, and a lot of competing issues to take into account.