Tag: Moderates

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect retiring Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s comments accusing Dem leaders of siding with the far left and sending left-wing activist groups to pressure moderates into supporting a progressive agenda.  They also fume as another Northern Virginia school district is caught covering up a vicious rape of a 14-year-old girl. And they sigh as Jussie Smollett is freed from jail after just six days while his conviction is appealed.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three good martinis again today! First, they love the story of Republican Edward Durr defeating the the Dem president of the New Jersey Senate after spending a whopping $153 on his campaign. They’re also encouraged by the ongoing infighting among congressional Democrats who seem to be in more disarray than ever on the reconciliation bill. And they thoroughly enjoy watching progressives and moderates point fingers at each other over their election losses.

 

Happy Friday!  Join Jim and Greg as they welcome moderate Democrats stiff-arming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her $3 trillion liberal wish list. They also defend CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge after a Biden campaign figure, other Democrats, and liberal media attack her for getting scoops on the Michael Flynn and Obama administration unmasking stories. And they shudder to think what four years of watching Joe Biden fail to complete a coherent paragraph would be like.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the sudden political turmoil for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his former attorney general says Trudeau told her go easy on a major business that was under investigation and then removed her as attorney general when she refused.  They also have fun as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berates moderate House Democrats for siding with Republicans on multiple motions to recommit and warns that they’ll get less help from the party in 2020 if they don’t vote the way she wants.  And they slam their heads against their desks as Roy Moore considers another run for the Senate seat he lost in 2017.

The “Moderate Movement” Looks an Awful Lot Like the Democrats with New Marketing

 

Every few months, Morton Kondracke comes out with an article decrying the state of contemporary politics and calling for a return of “moderation.” Most of his articles, like this one from last June and a more recent one from September, are primarily concerned with new “moderate” groups gaming the system and fighting to take power away from the “duopoly” of the two-party system.

There’s much less discussion of what the “moderate” positions on contemporary issues actually are. But there is this one paragraph near the end of the second article.

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“Now is the time for the moderates on all lands, in all languages, from all faiths to mourn together, and then rally and find a way to work together and stand up to extremism in all forms across the world.” We’re going to stand up to the intersectional feminists, black lives matter activists, and Bernie […]

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Moderation Isn’t Compromise

 

Responding to a Vox article by Ezra Klein, Mark Steyn explains how the common understanding of “moderate” voters is mistaken:

Because the first position is “left” and the second position is “right,” the pollsters split the difference and label such a person a “moderate.” But he isn’t actually a moderate, so much as bipartisanly extreme. In practice, most “moderates” boil down to that: They hold some leftie and some rightie positions. The most familiar type of “moderate” in American politics are the so-called “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” red governors of blue states. […] As Trump’s detractors see it, he’s just a reality-show buffoon with a portfolio of incoherent attitudes that display no coherent worldview. But very few people go around with a philosophically consistent attitude to life: Your approach to, say, health insurance is determined less by abstract principles than by whether you can afford it. Likewise, your attitude to the DREAMers may owe more to whether your local school district is collapsing under the weight of all this heartwarming diversity.

Are Moderates Useful?

 

Or are they just ditherers? The Atlantic wrote a summary of a recent study on self-described moderates, who represent more than a third of the electorate. The piece tries to paint a sympathetic picture, suggesting that moderates “see both sides of complex issues” and “recognize that both sides have a piece of the truth”. They are presented as possible bridge figures who may be able to help liberals and conservatives break out of their overly-rigid paradigms and find some fresh approaches to policy problems.

I’m not impressed. Reading over the views and preferences of self-identified moderates only served to reinforce what my anecdotal experience already suggested: moderates are people who are uncomfortable with conflict and whose views are shallow enough that they can ignore the reality of trade-offs.