Lawrence Lessig: The Moment
For let us not forget: for a president overwhelmingly elected just a year ago, with a super majority in both the House and Senate, the health care reform legislation has been a bizarrely difficult fight.
Stephen Schlesinger: The Party of Anger
All of this -- hatred, churlishness, pique, resentment, snarling, incivility -- has become the face of a political party which once reflected the sunny optimism of Ronald Reagan.
Rep. Anthony Weiner: Putting Pressure on the Senate
This was not the best bill that we could have passed, but I am proud of what we achieved in the face of a Republican opposition that relied on the worst kind of lies and undue special interest influence.
Mark Greenbaum: Health Care Is Pelosi's Victory
Faced with an endless litany of institutional roadblocks, false starts, ego-centric Members, and plain political pressures, Pelosi was able to wrangle together just enough votes to push reform to the finish line.
Paul Begala: Hallelujah!
I have been working for Democratic and progressive causes for 29 years, and I don't think I've ever been prouder than today. When David Obey swung that gavel, it made a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Robert Kuttner: Defining Moment
We have seen a president who evidently has learned how to lead, who relishes winning, and who is primed to become a more effective progressive. For that we should be grateful. It should whet his appetite as a fighter -- and ours.
Bill Barol: Obama's "Failure"
Last night was more than a legislative moment. It was also, and the implications of this will be deeper and broader than any legislation, a political one.
Mike Lux: The Big Change Moment
Is this the change we have been looking for? Only partly. Insurers and other big corporations remain far too powerful, and we will have to keep working hard to improve health care policy in America.