'Obama & The Supertanker'
Ron Brownstein writing in the National Journal:
"The fight has opened a second window into Obama. The key here is his 2008 campaign assertion that 'Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America' more than Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton did. The health care struggle suggests that Obama views changing that trajectory as the ultimate measure of a presidency’s success. His aim is to establish a long-term political direction -- one centered on a more activist government that shapes and polices the market to strengthen the foundation for sustainable, broadly shared growth. Everything else -- the legislative tactics, even most individual policies -- is negotiable. He wants to chart the course for the supertanker, not to steer it around each wave or decide which crates are loaded into its hull."