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  •  Centrism is not ideologically coherent. (1+ / 0-)
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    This is both a boon and a curse for conservatives and liberals.

    Oh, there are some centrists who have their curious blend of positions as what to them is a principled move -- sadly, Obama is one of them -- but most of our centrist politicians are so out of political opportunity.

    If you want to keep centrists from defecting, just take measures to ensure that what you're doing won't get them kicked out of office. The Blue Dog Caucus by and large didn't defect because they're secret conservatives; they defected because Wall Street was turning on Obama and stimulus/Obamacare was unpopular in their home states.

    If you want to figure out the behavior of ideological centrists (who are few) and opportunistic centrists (who are many) observe how they act and talk after an election. Reid and Durbin are examples of the latter, Obama is an example of the former.

    •  We need to stop being so nice and eager (0+ / 0-)

      to make friends and cut deals. Politics is how you get the best policies passed, period, and which way you have to make it happen. As the saying goes, if you want a friend in politics, get a dog. We need to politically pressure anyone who refuses to go along with progressive politics into going along.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:36:03 PM PST

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