I don't mind the Conservative ideal. The real one - that less government intrusion into one's personal life is a good thing. We might disagree about how much the government is allowed to do (social programs as opposed to letting the market play out), but the political ideals I think are the same: the same civil rights for everyone. I just have a problem with the neo-conservative ideal, which boils down to "We get to do what we want because we are Good - and you should trust us even while we make tons of money and gather tons of power at your expense. Hey, we're the Good guys!"
That said, when conservatives give reasons why they should support Barack Obama because of the strength of his constitutional ideals, you know that something very, very strange is happening.