"The reason to pass reform, even inadequate reform, now isn’t to gain seats next year; it is to pass reform, which will do vast good, during the window that’s available. If it doesn’t pass now, it will probably be many nears before the next chance."That's Paul Krugman, making a valuable point (the emphasis is mine). I think that one of the great ranklings for many people in the current debate has nothing to do with Health Care reform; it is that for the first time since the early 1990s we have legislative action going on which is being driven by...policy outcomes, rather than political maneuvering for power. Or, at the very least, includes the policy outcomes along with the maneuvering, to a significant extent.
Too many people have forgotten what this is like. It's rocking the boat of discourse, and we've all grown to comfortable and complacent about political wrangling solely for political power in and of itself.