If you ask why I remain such a strong Obama supporter, it is because I see him as that rare individual able to withstand the zeal without becoming a zealot in response, and to overcome the recklessness of pure religious ideology with pragmatism, civility and reason. That’s why they fear and loathe him. … If they defeat him, I fear we will no longer be participating in a civil conversation, however fraught, but in a civil war.
Andrew Sullivan on Republicanism As Religion. He’ll be live-blogging the GOP debate tonight.