- Jun 27, 2008
- Dorchester MA / Sullivan County NH
Kathleen Parker: Can a centrist movement make it in America today?
In a political culture where moderation is the new heresy, centrism is fast becoming the new black.
Political outliers - not quite Republican, not quite Democrat - are forming new alliances in a communal search for "Home." Exhausted by extremism and aching for real change, more and more Americans are moving away from demagoguery and toward pragmatism.
Soon they may have options. Next month, a new political group, No Labels (www.nolabels.org), will launch in New York City. Led by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, the organization has raised more than $1 million. Backers include Andrew Tisch, co-chair of Loews Corp.; Ron Shaich, founder of Panera Bread; and Dave Morin, ex-Facebook executive.
The group hopes to attract both politicians who feel they've lost elections for being too moderate, and voters who feel homeless. There are plenty of each.
Congress' historically low approval ratings, the anti-incumbency spirit of the midterm elections, and now the influx of tea-party-backed candidates - not to mention Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart's well-attended rally for sanity - are all testament to dissatisfaction with Washington's systemic failings.
Alas, there is little reason to hope that things will change or improve when the new Congress convenes in January. Republicans seem determined to continue their "hell no" strategy. New tea party legislators seem determined to fight establishment Republicans, thus diluting Republican power. Democrats aim to dig in their heels.
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