Obama's not a socialist, he's a pragmatist in socialist times

Obama is who he said he is – a pragmatist. It just so happens that pragmatism under present circumstances demands/justifies/warrants what are rather socialist solutions. The president is in the unique position of being able to say with face straight and heart true: I’m not a lefty ideologue. It’s just that Republican leadership has left us in the sort of economic free-fall that only Big Government can rescue…

The task for conservatives is not so much to oppose the president, but to help him see. Show him a better idea and he will consider it. I’m not sure Republicans are temperamentally capable of working with Obama, however.