16 Oct 2017

quote of centrist Republican Susan Collins on why she decided to stay in the Senate
The last decade has been an unmitigated disaster for centrists and moderates on both sides. For every Angus King, Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, there has been a dozen Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz'. As the two major parties abandoned us and created a vacuum, the political center in the U.S. has been in disarray. With a fraction of a percent of the funding the two major parties have at their disposal, having to start from close to scratch, without an organizational infrastructure or army of trained staff like we used to have when we were still welcome under major party tents - even though conditions are better than ever for a centrist movement to be sparked, we're still seeing very little electoral progress. While there are miles of electoral hurdles the two major parties have put up to make it harder for independents (centrist or otherwise) to participate equally in our increasingly undemocratic democratic republic, by far the biggest thing holdi...

22 Nov 2010

We've been hearing for years that the Republican party is becoming a regional party, giving up huge swaths of the country as it becomes more and more conservative. They barely have any congresspersons or senators heading to D.C. from New England or the West Coast, and the ones that are are the few that buck the national trend, sticking to a more moderate tack. But a lesser noticed aspect of that dynamic is the other side of the coin - Democrats are playing catch up to also become a regional party, by giving up on huge portions of the South and Midwest (and rural areas in general). As both major parties pull farther and farther from the center, more each election cycle are finding that the parties have left them. They declare their independence... creating a situation where there are a growing number of states where independents are the ones who are in the majority of registered voters. Earlier this year, John Avlon, the leading centrist indepe...