It isn't easy to be a moderate Republican these days. Witness the blowback Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and John McCain (R., Ariz.) faced after they pushed for immigration reform. On other issues, they have gone out of their way to appease the GOP's tea-party element.
Given this environment, it should be comforting to Pennsylvanians that their junior senator isn't afraid to reach across the aisle to the benefit of all Americans.
For example, while Sen. Pat Toomey thinks the Affordable Care Act would be best repealed, he is working with Democrats to amend it instead. Toomey told the Inquirer Editorial Board this week that because President Obama would not sign any bill that kills his signature legislation, the senator is focused on addressing pieces of the law he considers egregious, such as its medical-device tax.