Here’s what health care reform means: stabilizing for millions of Americans one of the verities of human existence (illness), and without ballooning deficits. This is how the Democrats are about to drive the Republican Party into irrelevancy, by delivering the goods. And I think Republicans know it. They need an insecure constituency to stoke their fears. A comfy population with real baseline securities (like health care) is less likely to turn reactionary in times of recession, terrorism, or other forms of turmoil. That’s why the Republican Party is fighting so hard against health care. It’s not Barack Obama’s Waterloo. It’s the Republican Party’s.
Keep running, Barack. The hapless Republicans are about to discover that they haven’t defeated their nemesis, but themselves.