The Bull Moose celebrates the rise of the “radical center” in 2006:
The political story of the week is that independent voters are heavily swinging to the Democrats this year. … Yesterday, E.J. Dionne noted the likely influence of these rad centrists on a Democratic Congress,
“The Democrats’ dependence on moderate voters and moderate candidates belies Republican claims that a Democratic victory would bring radically liberal politics to Washington. In fact, the first imperative of Democratic congressional leaders, if their party is successful, will be finding policies, ideas and rhetoric to allow the party’s progressives and moderates to get along and govern effectively together.” …
If Democrats gain control over the House and/or the Senate, they should not be deluded that they can’t go into the minority in . The independent voters who will give them the majority will be watching carefully to see if the Democrats govern from the center or engage in the old polarizing politics that the voters rejected.
The independent center is not tied to either party. The indies are firing the Republicans. Can the Democrats win the allegiance of the radical center with a governing agenda that claims the middle of American politics?
If Democrats and Republicans merely bicker like Sunnis and Shiites over the next two years, independents could look outside the two party system for an answer. There is a severe lack of confidence in our entire leadership class, and donkeys and elephants will be making a major error if they ignore that fact.
I hope the Moose is right.