Monday, June 19, 2006

Immoderate Centrists

The Moose calls for moderates with attitudes.

These days if you want to be taken seriously in politics you have to have an attitude. Just look who the MSM pays attention to - blowhard bloggers and pugilistic pundits. In fact, Coulter and Kos are kissing cousins.

They deserve each other. The primary difference between the two is that the Republican Party leadership does not grovel at the feet of Coulter nor do their Senate candidates give her a staring role in their commercials.

But all is not well in Kosistan! After years of DLC - corporate bashing, it appears that the highly principled and good citizens of the blogosphere have some answering to do! See here and here. Could there be secret corporate cells operating on the open threads? Or have the young and virgin bloggers sold their souls to the company dole?

In contrast to the Coulter-Kos party, moderates by temperament are, well ... moderate. They are thought to be tepid and uninteresting.

It is time that changed. The Moose suggests that our nation desperately needs moderates with attitudes. No, they should not be course, crude and crass. But they should be unafraid and unapologetic about their centrism.

First and foremost, the immoderate center should not temper their views when they come under assault from the fever swamp of the left and the right. There is no accommodating these folks.

America needs national unity as never before. We are faced with a Jihadist enemy that poses a potential existential threat to our nation. The stakes are high. That is why the McCain-Lieberman Party in American politics must be bold and daring. While the two parties slavishly appease their respective bases, the broad swath of the electorate remains unrepresented.

A central battleground for immoderate centrists is the Connecticut Senate race. That is where the lefties have decided to fight. The national immoderate center must converge there to stand our ground. If the left prevails, one party could jump off the cliff.

Joe stated it well in yesterday's David Broder piece in the Washington Post,

"My opponent says it [the controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed] broke Democratic unity," Lieberman said. "Well, dammit, I wasn't thinking about Democratic unity. It was a moment to put the national interest above partisan interest...

"I know I'm taking a position that is not popular within the party," Lieberman said, "but that is a challenge for the party -- whether it will accept diversity of opinion or is on a kind of crusade or jihad of its own to have everybody toe the line. No successful political party has ever done that."

Will liberal fundamentalism prevail in the Democratic Party?
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