11 May 2011

centrist pundit John Avlon being interviewed by Solomon Kleinsmith in 2012
Solomon interviewing centrist pundit John Avlon at the 2012 conventions. There aren't too many strident centrists in the world of political punditry. Some mislabel those who strive toward journalistic integrity as being centrist, but that's just being nonpartisan.To be clear, I'm not criticizing being nonpartisan - we need genuine journalism much more than we need centrist punditry, but when I see things like this it hearte...

19 Mar 2011

My main and essentially only interest in politics is arguing for a new political party to replace one or both of the Democratic and Republican parties. In my opinion, something better is possible but it is unlikely to come from either party.The nature of the two political parties is human nature: Who has real power and influence in the Democratic and Republican parties? Outsiders and newcomers? Life-long insiders, hard core ...

06 Mar 2011

There is a tidal wave of Latino voters that will be entering the electorate in coming years, and this could be an opportunity for the center to grow even more. The size of this coming tide really is astonishing.From The Atlantic: Of Latinos under age 18 living in the United States, 93 percent are citizens and a half-million of those will reach the legal voting age each year for the next 20 years, said officials of the National...

04 Mar 2011

This is a insanely long post... but well worth the read. The issue of Top Two "Choke Point" Primary rules, which are being pushed by organizations like CAIVN and IndependentVoting.org are a major and direct threat to the possibility that the center of the American electorate will be able to form an opposition in coming years. The following is a nearly picture perfect example of how those that are pushing Top Two rules are more t...

04 Mar 2011

We're seeing a lot of talk about people saying the next generation may be the first in a long time that has it worse off than the one before it. I'm not sure if that is going to be the case or not, but the last two generations have certainly made political decisions that are setting up the next generation for a much tougher time than they had to deal with economically.I wrote about this at length in one of my recent posts at W...

22 Feb 2011

There are assuredly a whole slew of lessons to be learned from the ongoing mess in Wisconsin, but one of the bigger ones is we just can't trust either party with power anymore.Just a few short years ago we gave George W. Bush and the republican party near total control of Washington and we got record spending, a series of tax cuts we couldn't afford and a long list of foreign policy mistakes that we'll be dealing with for gene...

19 Feb 2011

Supporters of Choke Point Primary rules, often called "Top Two" because they only let two people through to the general election, use several lies to promote the rule. They try to hide them behind the banner of open primaries, like a good piece of legislation with hidden earmarks attached, and by using the idea that Top Two is supposed to make it so incumbants don't get elected as much, which has been proven to not be the case b...

15 Feb 2011

This is the start of a new regular post, perhaps something I'll write a handful of times a week, where we'll highlight a political figure who is demagoguing an important issue. To be more specific, here is the definition we'll be using, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power I think it fitting that the first would be our President, in...

10 Feb 2011

Maine has a long history of voting in independents, far before the recent growth of independents across the country as both parties increasingly marginalize themselves by adopting more extreme views and tactics. Olympia Snowe is one of the few remaining genuinely moderate republican senators, and its time she took the hint that people like her aren't welcome in the GOP anymore.Not that it is any surprise, but the Tea Party Exp...

10 Feb 2011

Lee Drutman, on over at The Progressive Fix, has a great post looking at how the republicans are beginning to have some difficulties working together... not just with democrats, but with members of their own party. Four weeks in, and not everybody in the Republican caucus is going along with what was supposed to be routine vote to temporarily extend anti-terrorism provisions in the Patriot Act. Though surely the bigger issue ...