Andrew Sullivan looks at the big picture as he looks at Republican attempts to block health care reform:
My suspicion is that they will fail in the end to achieve this; and that this new landmark for liberalism will reorient American politics the way Reagan’s first year did – profoundly. I may be wrong and I will be accountable for this judgment. But the age demands government action. And Obama is doing as much of it as consensually and as civilly but as ruthlessly as he can.
Why so pragmatic and centrist? Because he wants it all to last.
Sullivan also shows the difference between rational conservatism and the current conservative movement. He realizes that there are now problems which require government action. In contrast, the conservative movement has been taken over by people who have a knee-jerk opposition to any government action unless it involves invading other countries, torture, or imposing the sick moral code of the religious right.