Max Boot -- a well-credentialed conservative who has written for Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and the Weekly Standard -- explains in the Washington Post why he longs for the presidency of Barack Obama, despite their deep policy differences. Here is the gist:
Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into insignificance compared with the crippling defects of his successor. And his strengths — seriousness, dignity, intellect, probity, dedication to ideals larger than self — shine all the more clearly in retrospect.
He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead.
You can read the entire essay here (paywalled, but free for the first ten articles a month).