The Elusive Center

I think Frank Rich and Russ Feingold are right on in the current New York Magazine. Feingold shows from his experience that simply splitting the difference between two positions doesn’t necessarily make for good policy. And Rich gives a great fact-based argument exploding the idea there is some vast group of independents out there waiting to be swayed. I think there are a few, and Jim, you may well be one. And I think the polls and evidence Rich cites make a very strong case that tacking to the center is not the way to win.As we have long argued, I keep looking for any sign that the current Republicans are willing to compromise or work with the Democrats on anything, and I don’t see it. And until I do, calls for bipartisanship really fall on deaf ears, and sound like nothing more than calls to give in to the bullies. And that is exactly what has gotten us into the mess we’re in. President Obama, keep the populist rhetoric and passion coming. That is what people will see as leadership, and that will get you reelected.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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