For sane Republicans who are actually paying attention, I have a hunch this is happening more often than we think. As the Republicans continue to pander to their extremist base, it is inevitable.
Of course the news media and many of the blogs don't pay attention to these stories. They are the quiet changes that are happening that don't get the airtime of someone threatening armed insurrection over the Supreme Court ruling on health care reform.
But it is the building of a coalition with folks like Michael and Jim that will allow us to get this country moving again on the many challenges that face us.
What these people are doing takes both thought (something that can seem in short supply these days) and courage. It means changing your mind about things you've always believed. That's no small task.
But its exactly what President Obama's goal has been for a long time now.
Our goal should be to stick to our guns on those core values that make this country great, show a spirit of flexibility and sustained attention that can achieve those goals, and try to create the sort of serious, adult, consensus around our problems that can admit Democrats, Republicans and Independents of good will.