Via Political Wire
The Wall Street Journal notes that in a recent speech former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan described "the two American parties now as controlled by their extreme wings, even though the voting public is far more centrist... He described the leadership of the parties as "bimodal", meaning clustered at the extreme ideological ends, whereas the voting public was "monomodal", meaning clustered near the middle."
"Such situations, he said, create an opening for a third-party candidate who appeals to the center. That, he said, could prompt the candidates of the other two parties to move back to the center, for fear of losing. He said the U.S. political system makes it difficult for a third-party candidate to win."
I hear this a lot. Some colleagues of mine espouse the same opinion too that Democrats are just as extreme as Republicans. When I challenge them to name 1 extreme Democrat they come up with Michael Moore and George Sorros. No, I say, an elected Democrat. Name an extremist Democrat that is currently elected, and tell me what position it is they hold that is extreme.
I can name lots of elected Republicans. Whether it's man on dog Santorum, or Tom "Terri Schiavo" DeLay, and now the entire GOP south Dakota legislature, but what I can't name is someone similar in the Democratic Party.
Can you ?
I Think Anastasia in the comments
nails it for me
So many people I know also have this general impression that DeWine is "moderate" which has me scratching my head. I recall a decade ago when Voinovich was considered the "moderate" to DeWine's far-right zealot. What happened? Has he changed or, more likely, has politics changed around him? Many have pointed out that these days when you see an alleged conservative pitted against an alleged liberal, what you're really seeing is someone on the far-right fringe, pitted against a middle-of-the-roader. And of course,that skews discussion and perception.