Perhaps what Mr. Goldberg is realizing is this - whether conservatives like it or not, people generally like liberal big government and the nanny state. When there is a flood, they don't want to hear the federal gov't is helping organize - they want helicopters and busses immediately. They like (and I admit I do too) that you can't smoke inside many places anymore. They want health ins. for their kids and no, they do not care who pays for it. There is a limit, or course, and I think Mayor Bloomberg passed it with his large soda ban but many people do care more about safety and health than they do about liberty. Don't quote Ben Franklin to me. I'm just saying what the culture is, not what it should be.