July 30th, 2010
I have to admit I understand the logic of Tea Party activists. To them government has become so corrupted, overwhelming, ineffective and inefficient that they think the only solution is to reduce it to a size which makes it irrelevant. To me that makes sense. As a centrist I am just as frustrated with the American political system and government as Tea Party activists are. While we share the same frustration our focus, goals, and tactics are much different.
July 29th, 2010
When moderate Republicans are courageous enough to collaborate with Democrats they are held up and promoted by Democrats as mainstream, patriotic politicians who care more about country than party. This was the case when John McCain (the former Maverick) worked with Democrats to pass such common sense solutions as campaign finance reform. As McCain now panders to the far right, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has taken his spot. Graham has shown his ability to collaborate on such issues as energy policy and climate legislation. Democrats in return have shown their support for Graham’s collaborative approach. President Obama has even invited Graham to the White House more times than any other Republican to discuss policy.
July 28th, 2010
What reforms and policies should centrists promote?
Our top two priorities are:
July 27th, 2010
Obama won the presidency in 2008 because he appealed to centrists; independents, moderate Democrats and even some moderate Republicans. As Mark Murray pointed out recently in his NBC News blog, Democrats need 60% of the centrist vote to win the presidency.
Obama accomplished that by campaigning on “common sense.” He branded himself as a pragmatic centrist who offered change. First, he rejected the ideologically driven agenda of his predecessor George W. Bush. And second, he proposed common sense solutions such as middle of the road financial reforms, a pragmatic national energy policy, and new education standards and funding.
July 27th, 2010
There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen , and never enough U.S. congressmen.
July 26th, 2010
Classified Documents Leak