Cathy Young, a writer at Real Clear Politics, made some great points in an op-ed for Boston.com today. Most of the article is spent debunking some of the more stupid straw men attacks that have been leveled at No Labels of late. I particularly like this part:
…whatever its weaknesses, No Labels is at least trying to address a very real problem: the debasement of our political culture to something between a playground squabble and a war zone. Columnist George F. Will, who mocks the No Labelers as would-be “national scolds,’’ argues that democratic politics are driven by “intensely interested . . . partisans of various causes.’’ True; but No Labels co-founder John Avlon, a former speechwriter for Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is also right to stress that “our domestic political opponents are not our sworn enemies.’’ If we cannot agree on at least this, we are on a dangerous path.
Of course the extremes don’t want this to work… it threatens the foundation of what they do. They’d be lost without the vilification of everything that isn’t them as polar opposites. Recognizing that there is a vast spectrum between both extremes necessarily cuts down their faulty logic that those that aren’t with them embody the hateful cartoons they paint of those who disagree with them.