While I don’t understand the fetish that commentators have about trying to read between the lines of things that General David Petraeus, the Boston Phoenix has an interesting post a few days back on something I’ve mentioned several times on here… the likely defection by more moderates in elected office running as independents in coming years.
The low hanging fruit are apparent. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are where most people start, and with Maine’s history of electing independents, I find it hard to explain why they wouldn’t run as independents. They’d be free from the pressures of making concessions to their party’s more extreme elements, and have full liberty to campaign directly to the core of the electorate that has been keeping them in office all of these years.
With luck we’ll also get candidates like Scott Brown, certainly someone who will be attacked by purist elements of the GOP when he runs for reelection in a few years. We’d be just as lucky to have someone like Evan Bayh jump ship and run for governor in Indiana as an independent… and while those two are in the same paragraph… wouldn’t they make for a nice team of moderates, one way or the other, on the same presidential ticket some day?
The Center certain is Rising indeed.